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 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 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 wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

...durable air/water/vapor barrier. We would like to get expert advice, since this is a crucial part of the house and we need to get it right, especially since t...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...durable one . They’re a bit of a gimmick that sort of made themselves obsolete by not adapting over the last several decades, along with adhering pretty strictl...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...durable home will save money , and it will do so fairly quickly. We do have this page that may be worth showing to your partner to get them on board, its abou...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...durable surface, but if you rarely need to walk on it, it should last a long time. That would stop the moisture but also stop heat loss. If you like that idea I...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...durable deck that will last you will find what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so they last longer There are a few minor tips for deck...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...durable. You can buy a prefab slab kit, or you can have one designed by an engineer and build it yourself (with your army of helpers) Keep in mind, depending o...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...durable basement construction to avoid mold As for applying the EPS rigid insulation, I wouldn’t worry too much either way about air gap or no air gap, becaus...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...durable floor you can build, but concrete conducts heat easily, so it will suck warmth right from your feet. A way to make it more comfortable, would be to lay ...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses