What is a rain screen siding? Rain screen design using wood siding is a very simple concept: space the wood siding away from the exterior sheathing of the house. The siding creates the “rain screen”
What is a rain screen siding?
Rain screen design using wood siding is a very simple concept: space the wood siding away from the exterior sheathing of the house. The siding creates the “rain screen” and protects your house from the pounding elements from the outside. Rain, snow, wind-driven rain, sleet and more are kept away from your house.
What can I use for a rain screen?
Rainscreens are applied over the sheathing, and there are many materials and systems on the market that can create successful rainscreen assemblies. These include beaded or dimpled housewraps, plastic mesh material, and linear corrugated strips in metal and plastic.
When should you use a rain screen?
So, the reason you might want a rainscreen on your new house is to help manage moisture and protect our house from water damage. A rainscreen helps to keep the sheathing and the back of exterior siding dry when they get soaked with rain. The rain screen gap also allows moisture to evaporate.
What is a rain shield architecture?
A rainscreen is an exterior wall detail where the siding (wall cladding) stands off from the moisture-resistant surface of an air/water barrier applied to the sheathing to create a capillary break and to allow drainage and evaporation.
Does vinyl siding need rainscreen?
I have had clients ask us to include a Rainscreen System with their Vinyl Siding Renovation, and again, the answer is, it’s unnecessary. Horizontal Vinyl Siding is considered to have a Rainscreen System “Built In” as it sits off the wall providing adequate passage of moisture and air flow.
What is a rain wall?
Do you need furring strips for vertical siding?
While typical siding installation require furring strips to be installed vertically, this is not the case when it comes to vertical siding installation. If vertical siding was set onto horizontal furring strips, any water that intrudes would have no place to go.
Is rainscreen necessary with vinyl siding?
Does wood siding need an air gap?
Some sidings, including vinyl, aluminum, and brick veneer, are inherently self-ventilating. Other claddings, like wood siding, need help. None of this is a problem when the siding is installed over an air space. Joe Lstiburek is a principal of Building Science Corp.
How do Rainscreens work?
A rainscreen uses an exterior surface–a rainscreen cladding layer–to break the force of sideways, wind-driven water movement, so that any water that gets through the small breaches in the surface has lost its momentum. Behind the cladding is a weather-resistant barrier layer, working to repel any stray drops.
What is open rainscreen?
“An open joint wood rain screen is a construction method that uses wood siding as the outer “rain screen” layer, creates a “wall cavity” (space between the back of the siding and the outer building envelope) and has an open joint in the wood siding to allow for ventilation.”