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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 ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...siding a chance to drain away harmlessly. The air space between siding and sheathing should also allow humid air to escape. In order for both of these actions to take place, when siding is installed correctly there needs to be a continuous space behind siding where water can drain and air can flow. Common siding inst...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...siding wood siding options , natural wood finishes , Passive Solar, Passive House & LEED certified homes for inspiration here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

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

...Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North America's trusted green building website .

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 does it have and does it look like it's in good shape? Bricks won't change much over time but can be refinished if needed , but wood 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 ...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...siding is impermeable - another reason we encourage readers to carefully choose the right exterior siding ). Ventilated cavities can be provided near the cooler side of the construction by correctly installing siding . Cold bridges or thermal bridges should be eliminated wherever possible within the structure. Th...

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...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...siding. The ceiling is a mix of Roxul mineral wool batts and cellulose totalling R80, the basement is a mix of EPS foam and Roxul batts totalling R28. The benefits of a double exterior wall are plenty. It eliminates thermal bridging through studs, provides lots of room for insulation, and the air/vapour barrier i...

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...