Finishing concrete / Discussions

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

...finishing the apartment floor to be a light grey concrete floor that looks nice. The concrete was poured 8 months ago, and we are noticing some divots. We live ...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...finishing my basement and my basement exterior walls are fully framed about 2” away from the concrete. They have mineral wool in between the stud bays but not a...

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

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...finishing in two years after concrete dries vs about 1200 sq. feet with SOG to accomodate our total needs. So my question is: is a 750 sq ft house on top of 750...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...concrete has sufficiently dried or if the concrete is not well-sealed from the ground it will absorb moisture over time and possibly cause problems, meaning the...

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

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to apply any vapor barrier to the concrete or between the studs and drywall and the minera...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

My husband is finishing our basement and installed 1 inch foam insulation to the exterior wall before framing and then installing fiberglass insulation. When h...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...concrete, this would prevent any drying to the interior - would I have moisture buildup against the concrete, but is this not a problem since the concrete is po...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...concrete foundation? He also painted the concrete floors with a latex floor sealer that failed and needs remediation. The paint residue is dust in places and st...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

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

I have never done exterior foundation insulating because I have never seen a good looking and long lasting finish. Even parging on concrete only lasts so long ...

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

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...finishing materials. I suspect that the concrete isn’t actually that well-sealed, and even if your foundation wall has a membrane or bituminous spray, it’s un...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...concrete foundations . They are not nearly as strong since it is only the mortar between blocks that holds them together, so freezing can cause problems. We’v...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...concrete. As for finishing and insulating, yes, a vapour barrier at that point would be necessary as there would not have been one with the initial constructi...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...finishing the wall? I don't want water getting behind the wall and I don't want mice or bugs coming in through the gap. There has been flooding here, but if it ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...concrete or blocks, and not let it pass through to the interior wall. A 'vapor barrier' in a basement wall should be against the concrete to separate it from th...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...concrete was left exposed with the sil plate. I'm thinking of taking Rigid board and installing it against the concrete wall and will plate to hopefully help ...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...finishing basements We can help you choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need more information, so here are some questions - Where are y...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

I'm installing basement drain system and the contractor wants to install vents through the concrete floor at the wall junction to drain moisture condensate fro...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses