Paints & Finishes

Safe, healthy and durable paints and surface finishes

Guide

Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors.

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil

How to find a healthier wood finish

A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected but many products have a detrimental effect on air quality.

Painting with zero VOC Natura paint from Benjamin Moore

Choosing safe paints

Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality.

Balanced insulation levels in a home

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom

Radiant heat in a slab-on-grade floor - video

Radiant heated floors add comfort to a home and can help you heat more efficiently.

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil

Sanding your own wood floors

This is one place where you can safely save some money. Sanding wood floors is a time consuming but relatively easy procedure.

Naturally finished red oak floors

Flooring material options

Find healthy and durable flooring that is right for you. The following is list of the pros and cons, durability, cost and lifespan of various flooring materi...

Insulating crawlspaces

How to insulate crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction nowadays in Canada. If you've got one here's how to fix it.

Wood frame construction

Material choices for wood frame construction

Solid wood and various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating and finishing. Here is a brief rundown on the different products you have to choo...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor

Air-heated radiant floors

A comeback for radiant floors heated with air tubes

Cedar deck and stairs under construction

10 tips for building decks that will last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans

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