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The Best Way to Insulate a Floor

Posted on March 27,2015 by ScottG in cold floor

Jim Wright's house in western Arkansas has a pier foundation that elevates floor framing about 40 inches off the ground. Unlike a house with a basement, crawl space, or slab foundation, there is no enclosure at the bottom of the house, so the floor is more or less like another exterior wall. How, Wright wonders, should this be insulated?

Insulating an Exposed Floor

Posted on March 27,2015 by ScottG in cold floor

A GBA reader who calls himself “Mr. Mike” is working on an 11-ft. by 14-ft. addition to his house in central New York that sits some 5 feet off the ground. The space beneath the addition is a great place to park a lawnmower, but it's also open to the cold.

Radiant-Floor Heating

Posted on March 27,2015 by AlexWilson in floor

Occasionally I wonder if I have some sort of masochistic streak — somehow enjoying the grief I get when bursting people’s favorite bubbles. I’ll brace myself for such a response to this column, when I point out why radiant-floor heating systems don’t make sense for new, energy-efficient houses.

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