Sealant / Guides

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...sealants: Latex thermoplastic sealant (thermo-elastomeric latex sealant) contains less than 2% solvent. It is recommended for use as an exterior sealant. It is available in white and cement grey and can be painted 60 minutes after application. Polysulfide sealant produces a flexible sealant on curing. It is ideally...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...sealant and finish; it bonds with the interior of the wood but continues to let it breathe. This helps preserve the natural beauty of wood and enhance the grain and colour. As far as durability is concerned, the finished product is very resistant to wear, and individual sections of a surface can be easily repaired in c...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...sealant. The elastic particles in Aerobarrier are non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also carry GreenGuard Gold & UL181 certifications. As the air pressure carries particles towards any breach in the building envelope, they begin to adhere to the sides of that opening, gradually sealing the hole. An air seal is thereby ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...sealant, etc, but do bear in mind that you really must prevent excessive heat build up in light fittings, junction boxes etc. Also worth noting, we wouldn't even suggest touching anything up there if in an older home that might still have knob-and-tube wiring - get this replaced first. But, if you have no air barrier...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...sealant between the glass and frame will have to be renewed. For help on deciding when to change windows, see here - or for help in deciding which type of windows to choose, see here . On older or poorer quality units, the sealant used to create the seal (around the windows) may be of a low grade or become loose over...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...sealant! And secondly, today’s laminate surfaces are far more resistant to scratches and burns from contact with hot pans or purses with metal feet than older laminate counters. That said, take sensible precautions to make laminate countertops last as long as you can with a few small considerations: Identify and buy ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...sealant or squirting in the ubiquitous can of "not so" Great Stuff to make a connection that is neither airtight or healthy - with the foam residue and waste chemicals produced left to bioaccumulate too. Why not to install windows and doors with spray foam... When installing windows and doors in a home , it's e...