Exterior insulation / Discussions

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...insulation on the exterior and 12 inches below the slab. Note where the doorway is in the front of the image - that is a wood fiber / cement product called Ther...

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

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

...insulation skirt. Instead of digging down to build a footing and have your load bear below the frost line, you can just lay down a sheet of insulation and move ...

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

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

...insulation. Below is a photo of a double wall system that may or may not look like yours, but in this example you can see that the exterior wall carries the loa...

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

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

...insulation boards I have a few questions that will help us pin down the best way forward for you - How old is the home? Is there an exterior membrane on the...

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

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...exterior skirt insulation may also help, meaning – dig down a foot and lay a 4 foot wide skirt of 2-4 inches of insulation around the house and bury it. That wo...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...insulation (from the inside) between the studs on the outside walls? We will be putting up drywall to finish the room. Thanks Bricks as an exterior finish i...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

If so, how would the windows be installed? Also, once installed can I add stone and mortar to the stucco exterior? You could use Straw bale SIPs on the outside...

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

...insulation on the exterior of a slab we did and had to rig up a method to attach them. It’s pretty redementary and we would do it differently in the future but ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is there thermal bridging in the Edelweiss REMOTE wall?

...insulation envelope would you completely eliminate any thermal bridging and have a perfectly balanced R value over the entire envelope with no weak points. But ...

Posted by David Pantalone Feb. 9, 2020, 4:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...insulation was full of mold behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007! Now we've managed to strip all this smelly m...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...insulation. I reckon this serves a similar purposes as the exterior insulation suggested in the previous post, but I see 2 advantages: -exterior esthetics rem...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...insulation, I would suggest maybe Rockwool (mineral wool) insulation as it is spun from stone dust and is fire proof. Here is our page on Choosing Insulation ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...insulation on the exterior to stop the block from freezing and thawing? We have funds at the moment but don't want to pour a ton of money into it. I'm just tryi...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

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

...insulation panels or membrane separating it from the concrete? Is there any damp proofing spray on the exterior wall, and or a dimple membrane? Do you get con...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 22 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...insulation do you need for green home construction? I would certainly propose more insulation, and to specifically answer your question about vapor – yes, add...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

When using larsen trussees, what is the maximum spacing between TJIs

...insulation on the exterior of walls is an excellent way to insulate an older home or a brand new home, and even meet Passive House standards. Here is a page on ...

Posted by steve outlet March 6, 2020, 12:39 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...exterior wall in the apartment, it has one window and one door. And it's in my bedroom so appearance isn't that important (I'll shut the door when guests are ov...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...exterior walls, and then install your metal roofing afterwards (great choice on metal btw), so have a read here first – How to Insulate Exterior Walls from th...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses