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Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...brick bungalow in Toronto. This includes adding a second story addition which is vertically flush with the existing exterior brick facade. The current plan is t...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

What is the best way to insulate a 1930s brick house from the outside?

Hello I have a semi detached house in Toronto Canada. The house built in the 1930's is double brick wall. The house is original and has little to no insula...

Posted by Stephane Marcotte Sept. 2, 2021, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...brick walls. So then I considered 1/2" rigid foam attached with adhesive to the brick walls with studs installed up against the foam or with a small air gap bet...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 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 exterior insulation to put over existing double brick?

...brick; its about painting but the principles and importance of keeping it breathable are the same – Is Painting Brick a Good Idea & Which Paint to Use? A br...

Posted by Andrew T July 19, 2021, 8:19 p.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

Do you need an HRV or ERV in a 68 year old home?

...brick exterior walls and plaster interior walls. I'm assuming the insulation is rock wool with paper. My house can get dry in the winter sometimes with humidity...

Posted by Gary Szymkowski Nov. 1, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Ventilation 0 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 is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...brick. I removed some interior paneling expecting to find a wood frame celtex and empty wall cavities. I found concrete block. Now I longer worry about tornadoe...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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 a Multi-material wall?

...bricks, all part of the same wall assembly? As the bricks that sit atop the concrete walls are uneven (along the grout and brick face), would it be best to ap...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Is insulating an existing home from the outside a good solution?

...brick wall and the rest is siding. It seems a shame to waste all the interior fixtures to insulate. Thank you for any advice! Whenever it is possible, exterior ...

Posted by Cate Prichard June 26, 2021, 3:27 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

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

How do I best insulate my century home from the inside?

...brick veneer (no real airspace to speak of). The interior plaster and lathe is cracked and damaged. The plan is to remove the existing trim and plaster/lathe to...

Posted by Merner Row Design May 12, 2021, 12:22 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 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