Finishing / Discussions

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

...finishing on our new Demonstration house in Wakefield QC with a formaldehyde-free UV treated plywood called PureBond from Columbia forest production, try that o...

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

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

We have a concrete basement in decent condition that's about 20 years old in Boulder CO and having had mitigation installed for high radon levels we now want t...

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

How so you take a concrete slab to a nice 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 0 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers for more details.

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

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...finishing oils off-gas natural VOCs, and even that can be a concern for people with chemical sensitivities. I apologize. I want plywood cabinets. I meant t...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement ...

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

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...finishing materials to ensure healthy indoor air quality. Below are a few pages to read over, and again, please explain a bit better what you are being told abo...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

We recently moved into a 15 year old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We t...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

It's a fairly new house (about a year old). The concrete basement foundation walls are framed (wood), insulated, sealed with a plastic vapor barrier, but not d...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 8 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...finishing you have, but proper exterior drainage and other storm water protection may solve the problem so definitely start with that and see if it solves the p...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

Hello, I would appreciate the following advice. We recently had the outside of our roof done; tar-and-gravel, we have no insulation from the inside and our c...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...finishing oil instead of varnish for reasons of air quality and durability.

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

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...finishing that may help.

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

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...finishing wood . We have a page about wood for framing that may offer more insight than what you’ve just gotten, have a read here – What are the Best Wood Typ...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

Installing basement drain system and the contractor wants to install vents through the concrete floor at the wall Junction to drain moisture condensate from ba...

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

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

I am looking for advise on how to insulate CMU walkout basement with Rockwool insulation. I have one wall fully above ground (walkout side) one wall fully be...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses