Concrete / Discussions

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

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 finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...concrete foundation? He also painted the concrete floors with a latex floor sealer that failed and needs remediation. The paint residue is dust in places and st...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 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

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

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

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

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...concrete block) at +/- 10% slope. Inside, I want to the best job I can, (without breaking up the concrete floor in the basement for an interior drainage syste...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...concrete wall, (yes, your concrete wall is probably wet even if you think its dry) followed by batt insulation and a sheet of plastic should surprise no one whe...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...concrete basement and concrete block foundation addition. The basement is not insulated, the roof has very little insulation with vermiculite ( been tested ok) ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

...concrete slab will heave, crack, etc. Also, do you have a list of foundation contractors who have experience with building these slabs? Having built several LEE...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...concrete). Is a prefab from ecohome even a reasonable thought when we are so far away? Sincerely; Jami We are glad to hear you read the article ' Do Earthships ...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...concrete foundation. Floor joists sit atop the foundation wall on a rim joist wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have removed existing drywall, 2x...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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. GPS insulation is Graphite polystyrene in...

Posted by Ronald Tetrault Feb. 3, 2021, 5:22 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How would you insulate a shipping container house?

...concrete house. I am studying how to insulate these structures in a sealed blanket of form insulation panels with a thermal break between the insulating panel...

Posted by Randy Moory July 20, 2021, 7:02 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...concrete floor and up against the wall as well. If so, it would be best to remove it if you still can since the concrete will continue to absorb moisture and in...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...concrete floor and metal pump pan. The building is on posts. Need to determine best way to insulate along studs in bunker and floor joists for temp and moisture...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...concrete pad to be poured and then build a house on top of that with a crawl space underneath to get around the problem my parents have of needing to drill into...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses