Concrete / Discussions

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

...concrete slab is insulated, how do you manage to get the covered porch concrete poured at the same time? How does it work for the insulation? The section where ...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...concrete, is there a particular type of wood that works best and that won’t warp from the heat? Installing a radiant floor under wood works fine, but here are s...

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

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...concrete footing into the soil, via the insulation layer. DJB It would be a structural engineer you're looking for, and while we have a team here that deal with...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to apply any vapor barrier to the concrete or between the studs and drywall and the minera...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...concrete blocks and a concrete floor. I cannot put a gas furnace in it as it doesn't meet the code---only 30" deep. If I have the spray foam done should that in...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...concrete was left exposed with the sil plate. I'm thinking of taking Rigid board and installing it against the concrete wall and will plate to hopefully help ...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...concrete temps and prevent inside warmer air from touching the concrete and condensating...but wanted to get opinions prior to spending $300. Thanks The air s...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

I am applying a vapor retardent latex primer to my concrete basement floor and would like to know if one coat is thick enough. The thickness cited in an ecohom...

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

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

...concrete. The manufacture says that they are engineered to support the load of houses etc. Assuming we had engineered plans and the proper load points would i...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best method of repairing joists in a low crawl space?

Ranch home with concrete crawlspace and window wells. Problem: How do you replace/repair supporting wood when the space is only max. of 22" and shallow end dow...

Posted by deb bino Sept. 1, 2021, 9:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...concrete core of the wall allowing energy stored in the thermal mass to bleed into the soil below If you are looking to eliminate thermal bridging between the f...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

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

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

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

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...concrete wall from footing? thanks! Great question, and yes, moisture from the ground will be absorbed through the footing of a basement foundation if it isn’...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...concrete slab insulated with R22 rockwool and R3 panel insulation. The windows are double glazed wood and aluminum. I do not have an air exchanger yet, I’m wond...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you add a screen/sun room and deck to a slab on grade?

...concrete slab for this extension and not have it heated? Concerned that the concrete will fail on the extension as the heated slab will float differently then t...

Posted by Pierre Contant July 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...concrete. And no Vapor barrier. The basement is also dry and not humid. The joists are fully embedded inside the concrete slab. Hence, the floor above close t...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...concrete there is a slight separation, but there is not foam insulation or tar paper against the concrete wall on the interior. It is just concrete, batt insula...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses