Foam / Discussions

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...foam component, and a water-resistive barrier coating or layer incorporated into it, eliminating the need for an additional house-wrap: Barricade Thermo Brace ,...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...foam, that will prevent them from drying and it may lead to rotting, that’s a whole other can of worms you really don’t want to open. Hey David, do the wooden j...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam barn. Thinking of applying 2 layers of 4 " (8" total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...foam itself is the vapour barrier. So if your plan was either 4 inches of Rockwool or 4 inches of Halo rigid insulation, I'd be less concerned that if you were ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...foam would be my second choice, thicker is better for a number of reasons that are better explained here . Over that you can install a weather resistive barrier...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...foam insulation. Six inches and sometimes more, depending on your specific climate, would save you energy and money in the long run. As for damage to the wood...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...foam rigid insulation panels, read more here . On top of that you could apply a cement board that can be parged or left as is. Let me know if any of those optio...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...foam behind it and even under it. As for sealing the floor, I would recommend a silicate densifier. It would make for a very durable and completely non-toxic ...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...foam sheath, which offers an insulating value of roughly R-2. This is what is typically used in residential construction, they are either expanded synthetic rub...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...foam, but a raft slab (which distributes the weight evenly over the entire floor) doesn’t even require high-density foam. To put the compressive strength of E...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...foam or similar) similar to the ones they use all over Europe. I am looking for a pointer on where to start and find more information. Thanks,

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 0 Responses

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

...foam, you could fill exterior cavities with batt insulation, dense packed cellulose, you could also add rigid foam panels, Rockwool panels etc, there are many m...

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

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...foam, and we know that SIFE-like systems aren't well adapted to colder or humid climates. With no rainscreen, freeze-thaw can kill an unprotected wall in a seas...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...foam acts pretty much as a type II residential vapor barrier, but I would put the vapor barrier right against the foam and do the poly on top. And as for fini...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...foam in that cavity, that is a technique we ourselves find can lead to more moisture problems. The reason for that is spray foam can become brittle and diminish...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...foam boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humid environments, and Rockwool in particular is made with recycl...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...foam panels, followed by the drainage plane membrane? If using the Silverboard SB-35 foam insulation would be equally effective, would it be better to use 3" ...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...foam blocks, so that if there is a flood then you may keep your wood and insulation dry. Also installing drywall up off the bottom means it won’t wick water up,...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses