Brick / Discussions

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...brick house, in fact that would probably help preserve the bricks. Be very careful when painting bricks to choose the right materials since most paints will tra...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you install rigid insulation to the outside of a brick house"

There is no space between bricks so we would like to add R20 to the exterior of the house also providing a vapour barrier. A previous owner had taking down the...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...brick federal with fieldstone foundation in New York State - all original. I'm trying to figure out how best to insulate the foundation walls. There is a full...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...brick off the outside. If we keep the brick what is the best insulation (from the inside) between the studs on the outside walls? We will be putting up drywall ...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type and how to install an insulated metal flue pipe ,through a tiled roof?

...brick and mortar structure under a tiled roof. Installing a chimney for a wood stove or fireplace through the roof is a job that should be done by professionals...

Posted by david joseph July 25, 2020, 7:10 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...brick on the front of the house. I want to put metal siding over the wood & add insulation in between. Will this solve my moisture problem on ceiling or do you ...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...brick home (35 yrs old). My basement wall construction is poured concrete foundation, then a full-home perimeter cripple wall, and then joist that sit atop of i...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...brick bungalow 3 years ago. In the second summer the second floor bedrooms start to have a musty smell, particular smell coming through outlets. We cut a square...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

My window drips when I run my air conditioning. What is the fix?

...brick over cinder block on that wall. I have been told that the exterior bricks along the top of the window should be taken out so that the window can be reflas...

Posted by Sean Sullivan Aug. 27, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 5 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a 2x4 framed , cavities filled with batt insulation and old 3 mil vapour barrier inside ...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...brick would still act as a thermal bridge. I think what you describe would actually lead to a colder bedroom wall. If the stone or brick is entirely insulated o...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...brick or stucco. Most wood products would need to be re-finished after 15 years, or even less when exposed to full sun on the south side.

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...brick perhaps) to increase your comfort and efficiency. You may have seen them already, but below are a few pages about solar air heaters and storing heat that ...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses