Doors / Discussions

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...doors tend to be very modern and linear and take away from the rustic traditional feel I'm going for. My want was the ancestral balcony doors from Martin window...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...doors. What have I missed? We have a water heater but no furnace, so its stays pretty cold. The most likely cause of your problem is actually the inclusion of v...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...doors which is often a weak point of a House. The install of electrical and plumbing is also interesting as they just stab it through the insulation layer. It’s...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...doors that supports the load and protects doors and windows from being damaged by pressure from above. Think of it a bit like a bridge that transfers the weight...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...doors that were all installed about ten years ago. My question is should I stuff the gaps with rockwool and seal it with tape on the inside? Any suggestions wil...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

We're away from home for 3-4 days every week on average. The home has leaky triple pane slider windows with the glass in good condition. I'm wondering if I cou...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...doors while avoiding the thermal bridging of concrete . And if you have not yet chosen a wall assembly, here is a story about that same house, which is a ‘nea...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...doors and windows to block their entry points and prevent air leakage. Install mosquito nets at any openings like dryer vents and stove hoods. Keep the humi...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

I currently have two skylights installed by previous owners (probably many years ago), one in a stairwell, and one in a bathroom. The bathroom one is definitel...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...doors would need to be adjusted, or simply cut off on the bottom, in which case your door knobs would be at a weird height and your forehead may have cuts and b...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...doors, windows and leaks in the walls. That would be the case with a home built in the 60s that has not had a major renovation to improve thermal performance an...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

I am following your technique to seal the windows from inside that is to use Rockwool to insulate the gap and tape for water, air and vapor barrier. I am conce...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

Building a new home (2x6); want to add 2-4" of rockwool on the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are s...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...doors. Electric boiler for in floor radiant heat and as efficient HRV as I can find for a reasonable price. I've read that ERV's got a bad rap in cold weather w...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...doors to allow concrete to be poured there instead. This results in a lot of heat loss under all doorways. Below you can see the Thermasill where a door will be...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

I have a newly built home (3 years) that is extremely well-insulated and airtight house that had a blower door with results near 1 ACH. I am thrilled with it i...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

I had a contractor give a quote for some minor renovation work, while he was here he said my upstairs windows were very old and should be replaced. They have w...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

I have old windows that need to be replaced, I’m just not sure how to choose between triple or double pane, low e, or the ones with gas inside them. Any advice...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses