Choosing siding / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...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, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...Siding & Finishing of Homes Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution is generated in production and manufacturing. Wood is abundantly available to us in Canad...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...siding will need repainting every 15 years or so; figure out how far away you are from future maintenance costs. Look around the base of siding and at the corners for signs of rot and water damage. Read more about choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...siding 5. Homes with a workshop 6. Game room or hobby room 7. Whirlpool bathtub 8. Exterior stucco siding 9. Outdoor hot tub 10. Outdoor fireplace Make what you will of this list - we wouldn't recommend rushing to remove all the above, but at the same time it's good information to have in ca...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...siding © Ecohome Installing siding directly against your weather barrier will greatly reduce the ability of a wall to dry. This isn't very common anymore but it does still happen. Always install strapping to separate the siding from the weather barrier. And a common practice to avoid is installing strapping horizon...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...siding, so we’ll cover it here. Your fascia will probably see quite a bit of weather, and often being hard to get to, it's good to think about durability here. Wooden fascia is a nice compliment to a home, but requires a lot of maintenance. It will usually see a lot more rain than your siding, so you will likely be r...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...siding to it should you want a more traditional exterior look. Interior walls are straight and true, and require only mudding as any gypsum board wall would. And now for the best part; the price. Chris Magwood was reluctant to say exactly how the price compares to conventionally built homes, but that is simply becaus...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...Choosing a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to install windows properly in high-performance walls Find more about green home construction in...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...choosing mineral wool/rockwool insulation such as ROCKWOOL rather than choosing rigid foam insulation . There is no conclusive documentation we have found to support this, but the theory we have read is that the stone fibers cut the termite’s exoskeletons, whereas foam provides the perfect environment for them to creat...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement , or to find Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale , visit the Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome, North America’s Trusted Green Building Website.