Insulating / Discussions

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...insulating to code? Comparing the potential cost savings of the reduced spending on energy to heat/cool the home, to the larger mortgage being carried to pay fo...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

I have been researching methods and best practices for insulating metal structures for four season use, esp. the likes of vehicles & campers, realizing that th...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...insulating the outside. What I have in mind is vertical 2x4 strapping, 3 1/2" Roxul insulation, horizontal strapping with 1x3s and then either vinyl siding or p...

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

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...insulating my basement with 2” of EPS against poured concrete foundation, then framing a 2x4 wall, then adding Rockwool. Unfortunately, due to some areas, like ...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...insulating interior basement walls, using eps or Rockwool comfort board then 2 x 4 studs with rockwool bats. I've also seen the part about possible breaking flo...

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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...insulating under footing with a FSPF and if so, how did you determine the requirements for horizontal insulation? Thanks so much in advance, appreciate you ta...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...insulating rim joists, isn't the supposed superiority of foam board insulation over mere fiberglass batting due to the observation that fiberglass is more moist...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if you can do it. Insulating the interior of a stone foundation can be risky due to the fact that...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

Hi: I am stripping a 150 yr old timber of its 3 layers of siding and re-insulating and leak-sealing the exposed cavities from the outside. I will be re-sheathi...

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

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...Insulating hot and cold water pipes in a home is a good idea , but isn’t as common as it should be. Your contractor could well be correct that it isn’t ‘require...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...insulating between metal is really the only option due to size restraints. In such a case if you need to do it anyway, I would say hemp insulation is a pretty...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...insulating the exterior of a house whether that’s a new home or adding insulation to an existing exterior wall, it is important not to trap moisture. Rockwool i...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...Insulating a cinder block (or CMU) foundation wall from the inside in cold climates is risky as it can cause cracking . A cinder block foundation wall is not as...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...insulating exterior walls from the outside we've written a guide page here. Some rigid board insulations are a vapour barrier, some are not. Some are air barr...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...insulating the floor is even an option. if it's 7 feet high now, you could raise it up 4-6 inches and only the tallest of your tall friends will bonk their head...

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

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...insulating skirt should prevent frost-heave, and install drains in the patio linked to the perimeter drain to keep everything dry during those wet spring-times ...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses