Thaw / Guides

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?

...thaw and evaporate moisture but leave it still coated on the north side - again, not a problem unless the ice starts to build up. Many homes in the northern p...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...thaw cycle Compatible with unconventional aggregates and recycled glass Low-emission concrete blocks © Solidia Technologies® ...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

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

...thaw cycles in cold climates. Beyond just aesthetics, moisture trapped inside a brick facade can also affect the strength and integrity of mortar, putting the e...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...thaw cycle of the seasons. They are great for maintenance as well; if a stone is damaged or stained you can pull it out and replace it. So it's not a bad idea t...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...thaw cycle known as 'thermal shock' that can cause the cracking of foundations. Insulating basement interiors rather than exteriors can be the cheaper option ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; i...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...thaw cycle. Cost of fiber cement siding board: $10 to $20 per square foot installed, depending on style. Expected lifespan of fiber cement siding board: 40 ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...thaws. Capillary action in masonry generally means walls will be damp up to 36"' above the level of water ingress - so the first step to preventing basement flo...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...thaw basement flooding - so be sure to carefully grade surfaces under decks and the deck itself away from your property to direct snow melt away from the home a...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...thaw cycles. Excavating and insulating from the exterior will help keep them in their current condition. This is important with stone and cinderblock foundation...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...thaw cycle, and instead remain close to the relatively constant 8 -10 degrees Celsius temperatures of the earth. You can find a step by step detailed guide to b...