Bricks / Discussions

What is the best exterior insulation to put over existing double brick?

...Bricks will absorb moisture from the interior of a home, so it is best to have vapor permeable materials on the outside. Foam insulation will act as a vapor bar...

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

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

...bricks along the top of the window should be taken out so that the window can be reflashed with a new vapor barrier. Is this correct or should there be other wo...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...bricks. Be very careful when painting bricks to choose the right materials since most paints will traps moisture, and in a cold climate like Chicago, the freeze...

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

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...bricks with a layer of rigid insulation (rockwool or expanded polystyrene) and half inch-thick plywood, which can then be covered to match the rest of the house...

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

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

...Bricks as an exterior finish is 3 times the cost and 3 times the value of any other cladding, so I wouldn’t get rid of it on a whim. If you really can’t stand t...

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...bricks or masonry on the interior etc) it will take a long time to cool off, and consequently a long time to warm up again, so again it may not be worth it. In ...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses