Look Out Ipe, Here Comes Machiche Hardwood Rainscreen Siding

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Machiche hardwood is a sustainably harvested wood product from Central America. The highest quality FSC Certified Machiche comes from Guatemala. Machiche, pronounced mah-CHEE-chay, is exceptionally hard, extremely strong, and especially durable. With its great looks, high performance, and comparatively low cost, Machiche has become a ‘go-to’ wood species for residential and commercial rainscreen siding projects and designs.


Machiche rainscreen wood siding installation in San Francisco

Ipe hardwood is often consider the ultimate exterior wood option. But Machiche wood is no slouch. Machiche is every bit as strong, beautiful, and durable as Ipe wood.  Machiche it is also more readily available than Ipe, and often helps meet design needs and project budgeting requirements.  With lots of increasing prices and less availability of sustainably harvested Ipe hardwood, FSC Certified Machiche is being specified more frequently than ever before. 

Here’s a few nuggets about Machiche hardwood:

  • FSC Certification. This is your assurance about the source of origin of Machiche wood and the harvesting practices used for this wood species.
  • Helps people. The harvesting of Machiche is helping the small communities earn their living, continuously. Because Machiche is sustainably harvested, there is always enough perpetual availability for this renewable resource.
  • Color. Machiche mellows to a rich chocolaty brown color quickly on site.
  • Strength. The mechanical properties (hardness, bending strength, and more) are ‘off the charts’ high.
  • Durability. Machiche is a high-density hardwood. It is naturally resistant to insects and decay.  Mataverde offers a 25 year limited on Machiche hardwood.
  • Low life cycle costs. Because Machiche lasts so long, the life cycle costs are remarkably low.
  • Machiche is naturally beautiful. With vivid graining and lots of tropical color variations, you will find this real wood siding species a stunning option for rainscreen siding and cladding designs.

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FSC Certified Machiche hardwood siding on rainscreen installation

The Climate-Shield rainscreen system adds another layer of sustainability to Machiche siding designs and installations.  When you start with the sustainability of the wood siding itself, and then combine it with the health, safety, and welfare benefits of a well-designed rainscreen system, Machiche becomes a game changing cladding option. Whether you a re-siding an existing home or cladding a new residence, Machiche is a beautiful option to consider.

Machiche cladding works equally well for commercial designs, too. The natural beauty of real Machiche wood seems to gently whisper, “Welcome. Please come in”. It makes you feel good about going inside. Let’s face it, how do you feel when you walk into a concrete slab building? Oppressed? Uncomfortable? Now, compare that feeling to the warm, supportive feeling of entering a building clad with real Machiche wood. Big difference?


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Machiche siding on commercial project in Missouri

The design team at Svigals used this embracing approach when they redesigned the new Sandy Hook school. In the wake of the tragic events at the original school, the design team chose a different path altogether for the new school. The wings of the school extend out like loving, welcoming arms to the children entering. And the natural wood cladding species add to that same emotional human response.



FSC Certified Machiche and Garapa siding on rainscreen design at new Sandy Hook School


Whether your project or design calls for vertical siding or horizontal siding, Machiche hardwood is an excellent all-natural cladding to consider.  Machiche wood siding works equally well for residential project designs.

FSC Machiche Rain Screen vertical designVertical Machiche rainscreen siding project in California


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