Insulating old homes / Discussions

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...old walls . And here's another page all about how best to insulate exterior walls from the outside on older homes . Have a read over that to get some ideas and ...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...insulating crawl spaces read here about what causes frost heave and how to prevent it in order to do it safely. I had to deal with ice damming this winter. The ...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...older houses when you are doing energy efficient renovations, since rarely do older homes have a proper air barrier. If those pages don’t answer all your questi...

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

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...old. My plan is to fully demo the basement walls and start from scratch. I've been getting mixed opinions online about properly insulating the "rim joist". ...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...insulating an older wall from the outside here

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

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

...Insulating the exterior walls of older homes has to be done carefully so you don’t trap moisture. I would recommend you use some sort of mineral wool / rock w...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...insulating it. Many basements in older homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...oldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes The smart barrier sounds fine but isn’t even really necessary since you are protecting the stud wall and insulation f...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...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 installing a pol...

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

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...old homes If as a heritage project insulating the outside is out of the question, I would honestly consider putting that investment into an extremely efficien...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...older spruce and spruce trees. Since we have lived here, during the winter months the house is cold during windy days. On those days the back wall is cold. You ...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...oldy insulation and re-insulate, as well as taking steps to mitigate water infiltration into the basement. A house that old would not have any vapor barrier bel...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...old as yours you will need to be careful about ventilation. It was not built with the intention of adding insulation, so if there is none already it likely isn’...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...old How to insulate an attic and avoid ice daming How to install siding so it can dry Choosing the best exterior cladding

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

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...old. I don't know if I should continue with trying to encapsulate the crawl space (will it help reduce radon?) and get a good dehumidifier or just ventilate. ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

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

I have an old 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 currentl...

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...oldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a basement but it won’t do much to remove moisture from the other side of a...

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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...oldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes If you leave an air gap then you’re at significant risk of there being an air convection behind the insulation which ...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses