Insulation & Air Sealing
When a balloon loses air or depressurizes, it gets smaller (and makes a funny sound), but houses don’t roll like that
Restored ironwork and a return to French doors in the façade keep the focus of The New American Home on the original home’s core as something that remained true to its period design while also transcending the traditional architecture of its old Orlando neighborhood. The side additions and connecting stone-and-brick terraces project a timeless estate feel that fits Florida, but would be equally at home in the Northeast or Midwest.
Carefully chosen and finely detailed products define the 2018 New American Remodel
How can indoor air quality become so bad when there's penty of venting and no toxic materials?
Understanding how water vapor interacts with building materials is critical to avoiding moisture problems in building assemblies
For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop
Letting brick dry evenly is the key to avoiding water problems
An interior chase on an exterior wall is an often-overlooked source of major air leaks
As the country gets greener, this product keeps gaining fans
This OSB-foam-WRB sandwich meets shear requirements with standard-length nails
Pennsylvania remodeler Dennis Gehman on why he likes this three-part resin for insulating his company's remodeling projects
On the second layer, offset and tape the seams, and use the rainscreen strapping to hold everything in place
Insulating older homes is an all-or-nothing proposition. Just blowing insulation into the walls can create moisture problems that will rot the wood structure from the inside out.
Careful flashing and a tight fit are keys to success when retrofitting the first of two layers of foam
A how-to guide for slab-on-grade foundations in either hot or cold climates
Tips for insulating slab-on-grade foundations
Benefits include lower CO2 emissions and better air quality
An insulation approach that seeks to find the balance between the real and the ideal
Jessica Steely, of Semmes & Co., in California, on why she specifies InSoFast insulation panels
Trapped dust and moisture means mold, and a lot of work for homeowners