Concrete floor / Discussions

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...concrete foundation and insulate the floor? Isn't that dangerous? What happens if you break up the concrete foundation? Does it affect the integrity of the buil...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...concrete has sufficiently dried or if the concrete is not well-sealed from the ground it will absorb moisture over time and possibly cause problems, meaning the...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

...concrete floor that looks nice. The concrete was poured 8 months ago, and we are noticing some divots. We live on a remote island with no specific concrete floo...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...concrete slab floor. What is the best method to support very heavy sliding doors and eliminate thermal bridging? I really like the Legalett Thermasill product...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How well does the Legalett air heated floor work when pouring concrete?

...concrete? Yes, with the Legalett raft slab air-heated floor you need to vibrate the concrete with a pencil vibrator. The company provides all the instruction fo...

Posted by Israel Sword March 28, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

...concrete floor and walls. I have heard of a product called radon block, I believe this is a sealer of some kind. Just wondering if sealing my floor is worth...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...floor joists embedded in the concrete. That’s another issue where you need to be careful. Concrete is porous so as it is likely not protected from exterior mois...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...Concrete slab floor with frost wall I will run with the assumption that your house is not yet built otherwise you would already have a heating solution, is that...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Alternativ for Garage Epoxy - Considering both look & economically?

...concrete floor sealer that is non-toxic and durable would be silicate densifier sealers, see more here – How to seal and polish concrete floors with non toxic...

Posted by Kamatchi Kavi Feb. 21, 2021, 7:58 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 4 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...concrete floor. I am hoping by the time the evening comes the concrete space would start releasing its heat and as air flows through the floor would warm the en...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...concrete floor with radiant heat will help to hold heat within the house for the longest period of time. My wife is not a fan of concrete/tile floors within the...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

...concrete radiant floor system for a new build in Quebec. The contractor will build a floating slab with footings. The contractor is suggesting 2 inches of insul...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...floor under wood works fine, but here are some considerations: The best flooring materials with a radiant floor: Inert materials such as ceramic, stone or c...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How much insulation do you need for a Basement floor in an ICF home?

...floor as well. Do I need to do any extra insulation in the basement on the concrete floor? You will for sure need insulation below your basement floor . The min...

Posted by Gary Abbott Nov. 23, 2020, 1:36 p.m. Basements 1 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...flooring over the concrete causing mould issues. A polished concrete slab on grade, or any basement concrete floor, will feel cooler to the touch than wood or o...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you use an HRV or ERV for radon removal in a dirt floor basement?

...concrete and cover it with insulation and a wooden subfloor if you can, its most likely the concrete floor has cracks where the radon can escape. As for brand...

Posted by Douglas Touart March 1, 2021, 5:15 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...concrete walls with drylok. The floor was painted with latex, so I couldn't use the drylok floor paint. The latex vapor barrier paint seemed like a reasonable o...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam boards on the walls, sealing t...

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