Old windows / Discussions

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...old windows unnecessarily, even by well-intentioned contractors, but just do that math – how much will it cost to purchase new windows, remove and dispose of ol...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...old windows because I want to spend the money I would otherwise spend on windows on a heat pump hot water tank, which I can use to also help heat the house. Reg...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...windows , but the short story is as follows: Triple pane windows from our research will usually pay for themselves in the long run, as will gas filled windows. ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...old home with a dirt crawl space that is completely dry, no Mold in the entire home, has new windows and new insulation in the attic. I have started the insulat...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How much window area can i have in passive house?

...windows – there is an overall performance target that needs to be met for any Passive House building, so the more windows you have in your design, the more you ...

Posted by tony wolff March 4, 2021, 9:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

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

...old house basement in early summer. In my case I was seeing water behind back and left side walls near windows. My builder rep told me it's happening as I was r...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 23 Responses

Could a ductless heat recovery ventilator be used for radon mitigation?

I have a 950 sq ft home, 65 years-old, in Arizona. Block construction, on cement slab, wood roof now insulated with 3" of foam. I have measure the radon with A...

Posted by Jim B Feb. 20, 2021, 4:40 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you insulate an exterior wall from the outside?

We live in an old frame farmouse. I need to replace the the board and batten on one wall. We want to insulate this wall (currently, there's literally no insula...

Posted by Stuart Seldon Feb. 11, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...old bank barn style and have my house built into a north facing hill. The main floor is accessed from the north and west, while the entire south would be window...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

...windows with double pane low-e. We are mostly demo'ing down to the studsw throughout, including "raising the roof" in the attic to create more headroom & more u...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Is this a good way to insulate drafty windows?

...windows that we have are good, triple pane would be better, because they are airtight windows and the trapped air between the windows acts like an insulation. B...

Posted by Robert Schmidt Feb. 6, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Windows and doors 2 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...windows are starting to get what looks like a black mold - should I be worried? What can I do to stop it - or is condensation on our windows just a part of livi...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...old electric baseboards, and one Samsung mini-split heat pump (sounding sick and old and noisy) at the top of the stairwell, one woodburning fireplace on the ma...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...old? Condensation forms when humid air meets a cold surface, so if there is condensation on a ceiling then there be either thermal bridging - a lack of insula...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

We have a 50 year old house and our roof was redone 10 years ago and found the roof structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t se...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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

...windows in any of you Eco homes? Hi Ken, I pasted your questions and points here, my responses are in bold - When you say , strip the walls, insta...

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

How to fix condensation on ceilings?

Hi! We moved into a house last winter (it is a 50 year old home) and we notice condensation on the ceilings. The house also had plywood soffits with minimal ve...

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 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