Durable / Discussions

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

My floors are stranded bamboo and want the most durable protection and easy to clean. Very hard to get floor clean now. I need to refinish all and also replace...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

Do you have a recommendation on the best roof material to use? Here is our page on choosing the best roofing materials , have a look there and you may find a...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...durable and not have to refinish it regularly. We would agree with not using epoxy finishes. If they are applied before the concrete has sufficiently dried or i...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have heard mixed reviews on Zip Systems as something production builders use sinc...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...durable and healthy basement construction , and take extra durability measures such as installing a sump pump, possibly a second one depending on water tables, ...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...durable basement: Preventing mold when you insulate your basement The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS rigid insulation boards I have a few quest...

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

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...durable home, we just built our recent Demo House on a Legalett slab air heated floor last year. I would first point you to this page about insulation – What ...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...durable and mold-free basement wall, this page will help – How to fix and prevent mold in basement wall renovations The biggest problem, as you would read a...

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

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...durable basement renovations for more information, and Best pratices for basement construction . Hi, I am reading everything about basements on your site and th...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...durable basement construction here . In that page you will see an image of the footing membrane I mentioned where it describes a "capillary break". If I bough...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...durable and efficient home design, here are two from that series that will also help you a lot, about how we installed a weather barrier and how to install sidi...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...durable as something built on a concrete foundation, so there is also long-term value to consider. Whatever building type you decide on, be sure to have it de...

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

I live in Puerto Rico. Is there any prefab that will withstand hurricane??

Any that is sold here? None of our current prefab Kit houses can withstand hurricanes , but we are in discussion with additional manufacturers to increase our ...

Posted by Laura Prado Sept. 15, 2020, 5:58 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...durable. Insulation in the exterior walls is more prone to becoming damaged, which is why it must offer superior strength and durability. High-density foam is i...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...durable home is educate yourself, so you know when someone is steering you in the wrong direction. So check out our Green Home Building Guide pages , and if you...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...durable and beautiful floors Some of the things you want to consider of course start with aesthetics so that you will actually like your floor, other consider...

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

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...durable & Beautiful Floors Choosing non-toxic paint How to ensure clean air during home renovations

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...durable and energy efficient home. I agree with you that a radiant heated slab floor would be much more comfortable than any other heating system. I would first...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses