How to install siding / Discussions

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...to allow moisture to vent and water to drain, which won’t happen if you install strapping horizontally. We have a page on how to install siding here where that ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...to remove humidity. The point of the strapping (furring strips) is to CREATE a gap, so don’t fill it! Here is our page on how to install siding so walls can dry...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior of the block for seismic resistance and attach the studs to the block. The block wa...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...to complete the deal. Here are a few other pages that you should check out to make sure this works out properly – How to install siding so walls can dry ...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...siding. When insulating the exterior of old homes to improve energy-efficiency you need to be careful not to trap moisture inside walls. What you read about i...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...to add insulation to the exterior of my home as I am planning to replace siding was considering rockwool comfortboard but this Halo product was sugested by my l...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

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

...to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t lose too much space inside. Do you have suggestions about how to go about this? I’ve read some of yo...

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

Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside And how close are you to infringing on setbacks? Houses in a lot of Toronto Neighbourhoods are pretty closely ...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...installation to make sure it lasts. To that end, I would recommend reading about how to install siding so walls can dry , also read about the importance of air ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...to redo the exterior this is a good time to do both. I think you may be best to look into some rigid insulation boards, but be sure to get the right ones, so be...

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

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...to installing a house 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 hous...

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

Is spray foam a good way to insulate a house from the exterior?

...to the experts who take the time to share their knowledge. We need to replace the siding on our house. We will likely replace with a Hardie Board board and ba...

Posted by Simon Levitt Dec. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...to avoid vapour barrier in roof system ( Hot roof). Both exterior and interior will be clad with log siding. I wanted to use wood windows to maintain as much ...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...to do about a vapor barrier?? I can place a poly sheet at the top closest to the floor of the upper level or at the bottom on the side closest to the outdoors. ...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

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

...to have good performance when installed properly, and so long as they actually do what they claim to do then you can save a lot on labor by not having to instal...

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

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

...to install one. If you need to install a vapour barrier to appease a building inspector then I would suggest you look into Certainteed Membrain, which is a br...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 36 Responses