Breathable walls / Guides

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...walls dry. Air Leakage in homes can: Increase heating and cooling costs Cause moisture damage in walls Allow pollutants and debris to collect in wall interiors provide openings for insects and rodents to enter Carelessly installing your choice of air barrier products pretty much ensures that you won't h...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...walls. It insulates as well if not better than the average batt (R3.5-3.8/inch), and slows air flow through walls making your house cheaper and easier to heat and cool. In addition, the high density of packed cellulose provides you with a better sound barrier than batt insulation (1). Modern CFI production began in t...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...breathable paint or you will be back at it in as little as a few years. So that covers how to repaint and refinish bricks and masonry. T o learn about other home renovation topics such as Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...walls that you should be concerned about — air leakage and vapour diffusion. These are two completely different things, with two completely separate solutions. Vapor diffusion is the process of moisture passing through breathable building materials, like drywall and insulation. Vapour barriers are there to prevent th...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...breathable air space to allow walls to dry. You can also read our Guide on Siding Installation here . Solid wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...walls in cold climates. It won't offer nearly the thermal protection you think it will in the dead of winter, and it may cause moisture damage due to its lack of permeability. Polyiso insulation boards are the most widely used low slope, above-deck commercial roofing insulation. As a versatile choice for commercial r...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...walls looking warped. Air space behind correctly installed siding for drying and drainage © Ecohome Can you keep water and moisture out of walls? Some of the things we do that were originally intended to keep walls dry (polyethylene vapour barriers, for example) are now more commonly keeping...