What Is Rainscreen Cladding and Why Is It Important?
The word “rainscreen” has become a buzzword in the building materials industry. However, there are some misconceptions surrounding what a rainscreen system actually is, what it does, and why it’s so critical in a cladding installation.
Simply put, a rainscreen is a gap of air between cladding and the structure of the building. People often believe that the cladding itself can be a rainscreen system, but this is not the case – it’s the integration of the cladding with the air gap that creates the rainscreen.
Why Did We Create Summit Rainscreen Systems?
Many homeowners purchase cladding just once in their lives. For architects, it’s one major decision among dozens of major decisions leading up to each project. The choices are confusing, the noise in the market is mind-numbing, and only one thing is certain: it’s a significant decision, and it needs to be right.
This is where Summit comes in. We’ve seen first-hand how the species and coating options can cause choice paralysis. We understand that the best way to ensure a long-lasting cladding façade is to build a rainscreen and to protect the wood on four sides with oil. We wanted to create a customizable exterior cladding system so that we can guide you to the product that will work best for you. We’re wood people, after all.