Home wrap / Discussions

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...wrap, Liquid-applied WRB, Rigid Foam, Delta Dry etc. For help choosing a weather barrier for the exterior of a home see here – Choosing a house wrap, which is...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

I purchased a home built in the 50's. The exterior is brick. I removed some interior paneling expecting to find a wood frame celtex and empty wall cavities. I ...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...home, circa 1920’s, I’m currently renovating in Saskatchewan, Canada. I want to add insulation on the exterior of the home. The house is currently covered with ...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior walls of an older home?

I have an older home in Toronto with plaster lathe walls with no insulation behind them. I want to insulate the walls but not remove the plaster as it's still ...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...Home wrap? It's for insulating a cabin in the upper Laurentians, so there will extreme temperature changes. Thanks! Frank Hi Frank, No surprise you didn't find ...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...wrap as it would help to mitigate air leakage , log homes are not known to be particularly airtight. But as for where you install the house wrap, you can’t go r...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap around porch. So a...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...wrap is best, perforated or non perforated (like Tyvek). Thank you Every exterior weather barrier house wrap like Tyvek is intended to be breathable and let moi...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

If the foundation wall has tyvek wrap will it trap moisture?

We have a house that's being built in the basement and the walls have ice and water. theres tyvek then studs and insulation and plastic over top of this, the...

Posted by Hos Boss March 9, 2021, 4:42 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...wrap, at $569 per 561 sq. ft rolls. Is that the typical price? Alternatives: Henry Blueskin VP-100 wrap is $239 per 400 sq. ft and has perm rating of 33; while ...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...home wrap , there are way too many variables to pin that down accurately. You’d have to price out home wrap (Tyvek, Typar or whatever brand talks to you), plus ...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

...home wrap weather barrier from UV rays. The most common mistake with siding installation is preventing air flow and having a proper drainage plane where any moi...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...wrap, fasten 1.5" rigid to the studs. Then apply a royal building (brand) vinyl siding directly on top of the rigid insulation using 3" fasteners. please let ...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...wrap house wrap / weather resistive barrier) as a drainage plane, then install siding with air space with vertical strapping , and finally the Hardie board clad...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...home wrap), then strapping and siding. If you are only planning to install an inch or two of insulation on the outside, you would need to go with the 6 mil po...

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

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

I am doing renovation and addition to the house and trying to make it as airtight as possible. After reading through multiple articles and your responses I was...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...wrap on the outside was what the original plans called for but I see many new homes wrapping the exterior with rigid insulation, benefits worth the cost? Any sp...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...home and how to best proceed with home renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses