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

New Architectural Details - Climate-Shield Rain Screen System Released

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

We are constantly adding new architectural details and drawings to help architects and design professionals speed up their process. In addition to 3 part CSI specs, we have a number of new rain screen drawing details to help save you design time and minimize frustration. We are constantly adding frequently used details to our CAD portfolio for your use.

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Topics: rain screen design

Mataverde Premium Hardwood Decking and Siding– What’s in a Name?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

Mataverde is a Portuguese word meaning “green forest”. General Woodcraft adopted and trademarked Mataverde® as the brand name for its entire line of premium hardwood decking and siding species.  All of the Mataverde Premium Hardwood species are sustainably harvested. Mataverde high density hardwoods are recognized to perform remarkably well outdoors with very little maintenance required. We have tested and offer a variety of different Mataverde hardwood species such as Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa, Machiche and more to help meet design goals and project budgets.

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Hardwood Decking Installation Tips - Step by Step

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

Building a hardwood deck is an all-natural and beautiful long term investment in your lifestyle. Peace of mind, relaxation, entertainment and outdoor living are some of the key benefits of extending the living space of your home outside.  The long-lasting durability of a hardwood deck makes it very important to install it properly, so it can become a long term sanctum of enjoyment. This installation used Mataverde® Ipe hardwood for the decking, but the same principles hold true for other hardwood decking species, too.

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Topics: decking installation, decking installation tips

Machiche Siding and Climate-Shield Rain Screen in Kansas City

Posted by Kathleen Crook on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 06:07 AM

Sometimes a project comes along that just works.  The design, the materials and the tradespeople all come together to produce an amazing finished product.  That’s exactly what happened with this new home and rain screen project in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Topics: rain screen

Create an Elegant Pergola with Mataverde Ipe Hardwood

Posted by Kathleen Crook on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 06:07 AM

When designing homes it is important to give the outdoor living space as much thought as the indoor space.  In the myriad of decisions that come with constructing a new home or renovating an older home, it is understandable that the outside landscaping often falls to the bottom of the “to-do” list—until spring and the hint of warmer weather.

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Topics: ipe hardwood

Deck Installation Tips: Installing Balcony and Rooftop Decks

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 06:07 AM

Architects, designers and construction professionals often ask us our thoughts on installing hardwood decking on rooftop decks and other areas with minimal ventilation. There are lots of factor that will affect the life-span and performance of a
deck installation including; proper fasteners, adequate ventilation, proper material
specifications and others. One method is to create a well-designed deck system using “sleepers”. Sleepers are often used for projects with exceptionally low clearance and/or areas that will receive a lot of heavy traffic and some vehicle traffic (such as the Coney Island Boardwalk and similar installations).

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Topics: decking installation tips, Mataverde Eurotec Deck System