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

...protected shallow foundation or slab-on-grade) doesn’t heave would be to have it modelled for your specific climate by an engineer, ideally a geotechnical engin...

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

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

...protected shallow foundation foam forms to get a quote for an addition in Michigan and keep reading about slab on grade and monolithic foundation styrofoam form...

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

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

...protected with Blueskin tape. We now have to finish the walls and seal or otherwise treat the concrete floor. I understand now that I should've removed the 2x...

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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...protected from precipitation, so you should be very careful about the design, material selection and installation procedure. Avoid any moisture sensitive insula...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...protected . There is usually some thought put towards protecting foundation walls from moisture in the ground, but footings seem to be neglected for some reason...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How much for a 1200 square foot house will it cost me to finish the slab

I live in Newfoundland and I'm very interested in your system just wondering the cost for a 1200 square-foot home roughly Hi Walter, Do you mean the slab on gr...

Posted by Walter Hale Oct. 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...protected, it is a virtual certainty that your footing is not. Moisture will forever wick up from the ground to keep the concrete wet. So, adding a ‘vapor barri...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...protected from exterior moisture, it will stay wet. What we usually recommend at this point is to leave them exposed. If you cover them with a vapor barrier, or...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

Hi, my apologies if this question has already been answered or has any glaring misconceptions. I've only recently begun my journey into building my first home ...

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...protected shallow foundation slab on grade) . They are available across North America. Where are you located?

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

We're soon building a slab on grade foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...protected, and I mean with at membrane and not just the bitumous spray. Since you likely don't have such a membrane on the exterior, the blocks will always have...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...protected. I think part of your problem here is that you likely had wet lumber, and having OSB sheathing actually behaves like a vapor barrier , though this is ...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you add a screen/sun room and deck to a slab on grade?

Building a 26x32 cabin on a heated slab on grade and want to add a 12x12 extension as a screened room. The plan is to have the extension and roof attached to t...

Posted by Pierre Contant July 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...protected shallow foundation) is a more affordable way to start a house than a basement. 4 – Material selection affects cost: for example - you can spend a th...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

Allergic to chemically treated wood, CODE requires PWF on concreted slab before house can be built Where are you building where code says such a thing? I don't...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...protected against frost heave, though it will most likely require additional insulation. I would suggest you consult with the engineer who designed it. But wh...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses