Wood Rain Screen Design Options

Posted by Dave Walters on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

Confessions of a Rain Screen Addict

Six years ago I didn’t even know what a rain screen was. Since then, I have learned a lot. Now I’m a true believer. Here are a few tidbits about properly designed rain screens that I’ve picked up along the way:

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Topics: rainscreen design

Wood Decking and Siding Movement Common Causes and Cures

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

When wood acclimates too quickly, oftentimes there are unintended consequences, such as unwanted movement of the boards. Exterior woods are occasionally put in environments that “hurry” the acclimation period. Although wood will acclimate initially year round, the months of June, July and August, in particular are often very hot, which encourages rapid acclimation and dimensional changes (typically board shrinkage). In many parts of the US, these same months are very humid as well, which can encourage wood movement in other unexpected ways, such as twisting, warping or cupping. 

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Topics: rain screen installation, decking installation

Covered Structures for Wood Decks

Posted by Ed Keagle, AIA on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

If you have ever enjoyed any of the photos in our decking galleries you may have noticed that many of the more appealing projects have an overhead element incorporated into the deck design.  That could be an arbor, a pergola, trellis, or another kind of canopy, even a covered porch. In deck design, these airy structures not only add to the visual excitement of the deck; they also serve many practical functions.

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Topics: deck design

General Woodcraft is a Complete Wood Rain Screen Distributor

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

Over the past several years, General Woodcraft has become the premier wood rain screen distributor in North America. In 2011, General Woodcraft became the manufacturer and distributor for the Climate-Shield® Rain Screen System™. At that time, it seemed like a natural fit to go with their Mataverde® Premium Hardwood line of decking. Since then, major developments and breakthroughs occurred which has propelled General Woodcraft to a leadership position amongst wood rain screen suppliers. Here’s why:

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Topics: rain screen siding, rain screen

How a Rain Screen Can Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Posted by Mary Sauer on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 18:08 PM

Rain screen systems have only become a widely used building practice in recent years. They’re now being adopted as standard practice by more and more architects and homebuilders, not only because of the protection they offer from excess moisture, but the added energy efficiency they provide to the home. Additionally a wood rain screen can add unparalleled natural beauty to the exterior of your home.

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Topics: rain screen, rainscreen

Climate-Shield Rain Screen System Chosen for new Sandy Hook School

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

In the aftermath of the tragedy that befell the Sandy Hook Elementary School and gripped, not only a community, but an entire nation, hope springs eternal. The old school has been demolished and a new school has risen in its place like a phoenix from the ashes. The design team at Svigals + Partners, a respected architectural firm in Connecticut, that specializes in schools among other things, was selected to bring this new project to life with a heartwarming design that is truly worthy of a building of this significance.

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Topics: Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

What is a Back Ventilated Wood Rain Screen?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

“A back ventilated open joint rain screen is an essential function of a well-designed wood rain screen system, but not all systems are created equal.”

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Topics: rain screen design, rain screen