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 parts of the US and Canada suffer from ice accumulation in attics, but homeowners often ignore it unless it causes a huge problem - mostly because they aren't aw...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...thaw cycle Compatible with unconventional aggregates and recycled glass Low-emission concrete blocks © Solidia Technologies® Don’t get your hopes up yet that you will be able to pour a basement or concrete slab with this; it must be cured in the factory, so its applications will be...

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 entire wall surface in jeopardy. Repainting bricks and masonry on the exterior of a house should be done with careful consideration of the products you use to ...

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 to keep a few around at the end of a project in case the particular design you chose was discontinued. Permeable paving stones © Oak Pavers How the perme...

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 building a frost protected slab on grade foundation here . Skirt insulation around slabs and foundations prevents concrete from freezing © CMHC ...

How to insulate basements properly
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 were you to choose just one, particularly if they are intended to be finished living space. It can also more easily address thermal bridging issues at the tops ...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

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 and basement. The best Choices for building Deck Surfaces - Wood or Composite: Cedar deck and stairs under construction - natural wood makes a beautiful fi...

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 foundations in particular as they held together only with mortar between the joints and are therefore not nearly as strong as poured concrete. In a cold climate, some i...

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; including a battery backup is an excellent safeguard, as power outages typically happen during heavy storms - which is also the time you will probably need your ...

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 years or more Metal siding Metal Siding © AA Architecture Pros of metal siding: Highly resistant to weathering, excellent perf...

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 floods is directing excess water safely away from your house. Make sure your eavestroughs and landscaping are part of the solution, not the problem. Make certain t...