Climate zone 4 / Discussions

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple gable roofline with minimal ea...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...4" of Rigid Insulation under the slab and extending 4' out from the edges. I believe I am located in Climate Zone 6. Does the above make sense? Will the 4" on...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...Climate Zone 6 in a low humidity, cold, and snowy environment. Heating only no cooling. Currently have T1-11 siding, tar paper, R13 FB insulation, and the inter...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...Climate Zone 6 - and am considering installing a through-fastened steel roof (panels 36'wide cut to length). My house has a vaulted ceiling (no attic). The roof...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...Climate zone 4. Basement head space is 6 ft to bottom of joists. There is a sump hole and pump. No obvious past flood stains. Your winters aren't too harsh in g...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...climate zone . Where are you located? Given that amount of research you’ve done on insulation I am assuming you live in a cold climate. Regardless of climate th...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...climate zone we can go over options together.

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...climate zone? Experiencing tornadoes is a clue, but closer is better. A foil bubble wrap will for sure act as a vapor barrier, but that should only be installed...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...climate of western Massachusetts in an 1830s vintage home. We have a 4'6" crawlspace (approximately 18' x 26') beneath our wood floored living room. The house f...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...climate zone . You didn’t mention insulation, is there any? Your use of a ‘U’ in the word ‘vapour’ suggests you may be in Canada, if so, you would be wise to in...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...climate, so if you tell us your climate zone (or closest city) we may be able to offer a bit more insight. In the meantime, here are a few more pages that will ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...climate zone are you in Dave? That may help us help you more. Thank you for your response. I live on Vancouver Island and i believe are zone (for plants) is 7 o...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...4 +Drywall +moisture/vapour barrier laytex paint. Which EPS thickness should I go with? Concrete Slab: DMX aiflow dimple mats +(3/4" EPS, needed? ) +OSB +floo...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...Climate zone 5A, which is not Arctic by any means but you’d certainly benefit from a bit more than an inch at R4. And I say that largely because its a lot of ...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...climate zone or city, and were you planning to use it for your walls or roof? And what other products would accompany it? I’m currently trying to decide what...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...climate zone, so I can't speak to the 'idea' amount necessarily where you are but we just installed a slab with 6 inches of EPS. It is from a slab on grade form...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...climate zone and ideal construction method, a building inspector may or may not accept EPS as the functional vapor barrier. If not, you could first apply a 6-mi...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...40C and also have 4inch walls Hey Mark, We saw your question on its own thread but I wanted to post the answer here as well to make sure you see it - Here i...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses