Don’t let water get trapped behind your exterior walls!
Despite the growing popularity of rainscreen systems, we find that most people don’t know much about them and don’t understand why they are important. The concept of a rainscreen is to create an air gap between the siding material and the water-proof surface. This allows the structure to breathe a bit.
When building exterior walls with stone, stucco, brick, cedar, or fiber cement siding, it is important to use an effective rainscreen system that will provide a means for drainage and ventilation. The rainscreen system uses a water proof membrane to keep the water out, but it allows a bit of air movement.
Moisture will find its way into these wall systems by way of cracked mortar joints, gaps or cracks in the surface of the material. Natural absorption of the wood or fiber cement also needs to be considered. Once this moisture penetrates the outer surface of the wall, it becomes trapped in the wall system with no way to escape, creating the perfect environment for toxic mold growth and possible structural failure.
RAINSCREEN is a drainage and ventilation system specifically designed for use with most exterior siding materials.
Rainscreen Systems Benefits
- 95% open design creates a continuous capillary break and channel for moisture to drain and accelerates drying of the exterior cladding
- Durable polymer material is resistant to most known corrosive chemicals and does not provide a food source for mold or mildew
- Minimizes staining, peeling, and blistering of exterior nishes
- Made from recycled materials qualifying for LEED credits
- Simple and quick to install. Easier and more cost eective than traditional furring strip methods
- 2-ply design features a backer fabric that improves the tensile and compressive strength properties of the rainscreen. The fabric also serves to deect mortar when used with stucco or a masonry veneer siding
- Integrated insect screen
The concept of rain-screen siding has been around since as early as the 12th century A.D. — but technology has advanced a lot further since then.
Insist on Rainscreen – it’s the most affordable protection money can buy.