Concrete / Discussions

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...concrete . And if you have not yet chosen a wall assembly, here is a story about that same house, which is a ‘nearly Passive House’ in Perth, Ontario. They us...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...concrete as it is only held together by the mortar between the blocks. So insulating it from the inside means you are changing the thermal conditions is has bee...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...concrete (in case there is no vapour barrier below the concrete) from damaging the wood. This is also a good time to check and see if you have high radon gas le...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...concrete floor? I’m just not sure of the positioning given that you mention joists as well, unless you’re just reporting on the general condition of the space. ...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...concrete slab floor, bricks or masonry on the interior etc) it will take a long time to cool off, and consequently a long time to warm up again, so again it may...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...concrete, no need for additional products. We have lots of pages on Radiant Floor Heating, have a look here and you will probably find all you need - Choosing...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...concrete blocks and sit it up on small 1 inch high foam blocks (one cheap sheet of EPS from a local building supply store would be all you likely need) so the s...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...concrete foundation, so there is also long-term value to consider. Whatever building type you decide on, be sure to have it designed by an engineer.

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...concrete slab on grade with Marmoleum flooring upstairs. Some people find concrete floors to hard for standing comfortably, in which case you can cover them a...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...concrete floor and area rugs for comfort, those are easily picked up if there is any heavy weather events in the forecast. I would also propose that you look in...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...concrete. One downside on that front is the bales are 3 times as wide, so you will be using a lot more concrete for the footing than you would with the standard...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...concrete in would work very well, how would you contain it on the sides? You need some sort of form work. What you are proposing is not out of the rhealm of the...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

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

...concrete. If those pages don't answer all your questions feel free to drop us a few more details, includucing whether or not it will be used as living space and...

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

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place washing machines and water heaters on a tray with a ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...concrete floor is about as cheap a finished floor surface as you can get and very durable. And very importantly, keep it as small as possible at first, but de...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...concrete will increase the rate of heat loss to the ground. If you just want to keep the basement warm for uses such as laundry, access to mechanical systems an...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses