Concrete / Discussions

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...concrete slab technology, but I wonder how their wall-insulation system compares to the wall systems that you propose. I see a number of advantages to their sys...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 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

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...concrete foundation wall by 2x4 stud framing, (bottom plate N0T in direct contact with concrete floor but iso is) Stud bays properly filled with Roxul/rockwool ...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What's the difference between EPS and GPS insulation?

...concrete floor, on top of it. I have very limited head room, no more than 5 ft where there is no pipes on the ceiling.

Posted by Ronald Tetrault Feb. 3, 2021, 5:22 p.m. 0 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

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

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...concrete, just above grade height, goes down the concrete wall, under a 6" frame (with R24 roxul batts) and continues up the warm side of the studs (Studs kept ...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...concrete floor? You will for sure need insulation below your basement floor . The minimal levels of insulation required to meet building code amount to signific...

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