Rain Screen Design: To Wood or Not to Wood?

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 @ 06:12 AM

    "Whether you prefer real wood siding or the look of real wood in a low maintenance rain screen cladding, your design options have improved significantly."

    We love the look and performance of natural hardwood cladding and many of our best clients do too. We have had tremendous success with durable hardwood siding species such as Ipe, Garapa, Machiche, Cumaru and others for many years.  Nothing compares to the warm beauty of real wood to make a building façade “pop”. If a low maintenance rain screen cladding is desired and the owner would like the siding to mellow out to a silvery-gray patina over time, hardwood siding is a great design option.

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    Topics: rainscreen design, rainscreen

    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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    Ipe Rain Screen Project - 110 Grill, Nashua, NH

    Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 07:04 AM

    When Robert Walker, owner of the 110 Grill in Chelmsford, MA, decided to open a second 110 Grille location in Nashua, NH, he selected the Architectural firm of J.D. LaGrasse and Associates (Andover, MA) to design their new restaurant. Known for their residential and commercial project designs, LaGrasse appointed Registered Architect Juliana Hoch to the project who created a show-stopping exterior facade for this sophisticated family eatery.

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    Topics: rain screen installation, rainscreen system, rainscreen design, ipe rain screen

    Machiche Wood Rain Screen Project in Austin, Texas

    Posted by Nuno Berg on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

    When designing the recently completed Carpenter’s Union Training Center in Austin, Texas, architect David Prickett of Carlile Coatsworth Architects chose the Climate-Shield rain screen system due to its superior sustainable design capabilities. Because the Climate-Shield rain screen system requires no wood furring strips, there is a minimal amount (typically less than 2%) of thermal bridging on the exterior of the building. Equally important, the lack of obstructions on the building envelope allows for a superior and unimpeded moisture removal, from within the building and any bulk water outside the structure. This is a unique design advantage of the Climate-Shield rain screen system.

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    Topics: FSC Machiche wood siding, rain screen installation, rainscreen design

    Amazing Wood Rain Screen in Upstate New York

    Posted by Carolyn Crook on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

    RGR Landscape, a full-service architectural design, and landscape architecture firm, in Manhattanset out to create an artful integration of buildings and landscape for the exterior design of a residential home built directly into the banks of the Hudson River, in upstate New York. The architect and home owners appreciated the beauty and benefits of the rain screen concept. Since the home is along a body of water, they recognized the value of using a rain screen system to minimize interior mold and mildew. Particularly in this setting, they have a beautiful, natural exterior siding and a healthy interior environment. The best of both worlds!

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    Topics: wood rainscreen, wood siding, rainscreen wood siding, rainscreen design