Dan Morrison | July 20, 2017


Jobsite Handbook // WRB & Flashing

Rain Screen Siding Guide

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently. 

 

There are many ways to create an air gap between yhr back of the siding and the drainage plane of the wall (WRB, exterior insulation, surface of ZIP Sheathing), here are at least a few options.

Size up the Job

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Rainscreen Walls Using Furring Strips

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently. Furring strips are one way to make that air gap.

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Rainscreen Walls: Drainage Mesh Behind Siding

Walls that dry are walls that last for a long, long, time.

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Rainscreen Walls Using A Dimple Sheet Membrane

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet.

Jobsite Knowhow

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Prepping Rainscreen Walls for Siding

Old walls are wavy. Old walls with a lot of foam on them are easy to make flat.

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Fiber-Cement Panel Siding on a Rainscreen Wall

Large flat panels of fiber-cement make a modern-looking siding. Metal track keeps the lines clean  

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Rainscreen Wall with Exterior Rock Wool Insulation Board

Why a rain screen wall is important to the energy and durability detailing on a Passive House.

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Rainscreen Walls in British Columbia

Felt, furring strips, and flashing keeps rain out of the walls  

Background Info

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A Supervisor's Guide to Siding—BOWA

What you need to know about wood siding, stucco, stone, and brick installations. From one of the top design/build/remodeling companies in the US.

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Moisture Management Design Rule 1: Control Liquid Water

Rain is the biggest water threat that houses face, but there are some slow and steady mechanisms that can snowball on you, too

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Beat the New Energy Codes: 3 Steps to Better Walls

As the 2015 IECC works into jurisdictions, required R values will eclipse what you get between the studs. In more areas, insulating on the outside of houses will become reality.

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