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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 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

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

I am preparing to build a house in Grand Rapids MI and believe a slab on grade foundation is best suited. do you work here or can you supply a kit and assistan...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...protected underneath the footing as well, which I doubt. Myself I would prefer to have a membrane against the interior of the concrete wall to prevent the con...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 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 1 Responses

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

...protected with a membrane to prevent it from absorbing more moisture from the ground. Either there is no exterior moisture protection separating concrete from...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...protected shallow foundation as seen in this video , all you would need to do for that would be strip the 6 inches of organic matter, lay a 6 inch bed or clean ...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 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

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...protected shallow foundation) over a basement is the reduced use of concrete, which produces about 1 ton of greenhouse gas emissions per cubic meter. A basement...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 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

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 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