Insulating / Discussions

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

Hello, I'm in the midst of a post-flood basement renovation and have been doing some reading on your website only recently. I'm realizing that I may have made ...

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...insulating instead. Thank you for the detailed response! I agree the the cost in undertaking geothermal may have a very poor ROI. With that said there are signi...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

...insulating a roof could possibly apply, I don’t think you’ll find much for replacing the roof covering. So my recommendation would be to first do a web search f...

Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...insulating your basement . According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), this part of the home is typically responsible for more than 30% of ...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...Insulating hot water pipe s can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating costs . There are a few products used for insulating water lines , lik...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...insulating the exterior of a painted brick wall is actually a good idea to help protect them. When insulating the exterior of an existing house we often recom...

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

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

Were building a new house and are wondering if you can insulate under slab with foam polyurethane. If not, why? When building a slab on grade, EPS rigid foam i...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...insulating the floor I’m guessing you are planning to keep it cooler down there but we just need to confirm. Some of the material choices we may recommend for...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...insulating the exterior you keep the concrete warm which protects it from cracking due to the annual freeze / thaw cycle. You would also get a few more inches o...

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

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...insulating the exterior. Insulating chimneys from the inside: What you want to do is essentially create ‘plugs’ of insulation (Rockwool is recommended) by c...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...insulating exterior walls, but can only excavate about 50% of foundation due to concrete stairs and platforms around the exterior. Not really sure what to do at...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...insulating and sealing the crawlspace walls and floor instead, and having it moderately heated to keep any pipes from freezing. If insulating between the joists...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...Insulating it would be best, that could be either between the joists, or also insulating the floor.

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...insulating it in a very temporary sort of manner by sticking some rigid foam boards (learn which are best here) to the wall with a few tiny nails, holes that sm...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

What is the best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tea...

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

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...insulating from the outside while getting rid of the tired vinyl siding and replacing windows. The current house has a pretty dank crawlspace area with frost wa...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...insulating, note that pink fiberglass insulation is not the ideal insulation for crawlspaces or basements, as it is susceptible to moisture damage. EPS rigid fo...

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

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

How do insulate and integrate insulation for the wall, floor and rim joists? Details: 2-story house built 1983, located in southern Ontario (GTA). Poured con...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses