RAIN SCREEN HARDWOOD SIDING TYPES

Climate-Shield® Rain Screen System™

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A wide variety of wood siding species are available for use with the Climate-Shield® Rain Screen System.  Some of the most popular and best performing wood cladding options include Mataverde® high density hardwood species such as Mataverde Ipe, Cumaru Siding, Garapa siding and FSC® Certified Machiche siding.

 

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These beautiful and long lasting wood rainscreen cladding species are a perfect facade for the Climate-Shield™ Rain Screen System. 

 


 

Ipe Hardwood Rain Screen Cladding and Siding

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Mataverde Ipe Rain Screen Hardwood Siding is the most rugged and durable species available for rain screen wood siding installations. Pronounced E'-pay, Mataverde Ipe rain screen hardwood siding has the same strength and high density characteristics as Ipe decking and Ipe lumber. Ipe rain screen wood siding has a rich natural beauty that can be enhanced with a natural oil finish or Ipe siding can be allowed to "weather out" to a natural silvery patina.

Ipe makes an impressive and long lasting rainscreen cladding material. The beautiful brown tones of Ipe siding add a warm visual appeal and the durability of Ipe rainscreen cladding material make it a natural for rainscreen system installations.

Mataverde Ipe hardwood decking and siding has been thoroughly tested and has received a Class A fire rating. Mataverde Ipe meets all the standard performance requirements for the ASTM E-84 testing for Class A building materials.

 

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  FSC® Machiche Rain Screen Siding and Cladding

FSC® Machiche for Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

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Mataverde Machiche FSC® Hardwood Cladding is another rugged and durable species available for wood rain screen siding installations.  Pronounced mah-CHEE'-chay, Mataverde Machiche hardwood siding has the same strength and high density characteristics as Machiche decking and Machiche lumber.

Machiche hardwood siding has rich natural chocolaty colors that can be enhanced with a natural oil finish or Machiche wood siding can be allowed to "naturally weather out" to a silvery gray patina.  

FSC Machiche wood siding is an excellent sustainable rainscreen cladding material option.

Mataverde Machiche hardwood decking and siding has surpassed the ASTM test requirements for a Class A fire rating.  


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Mataverde Garapa Rain Screen Siding & Cladding

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Mataverde Garapa Rain Screen Hardwood Siding is another rugged and durable wood siding species available for rain screen wood siding installations.  Pronounced gah-RAH'-pah, Mataverde Garapa hardwood siding has the same strength and high density characteristics as Garapa decking and Garapa lumber. 

Garapa's rich natural golden tones can be enhanced with a natural oil finish or allowed to "weather out" and mature to a natural silvery patina. The exceptional stability of Garapa wood siding makes this lovely species an excellent choice for rain screen cladding material.

 

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Mataverde® Cumaru Rain Screen Siding & Cladding

Mataverde Cumaru Hardwood Rain Screen and Siding for

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Mataverde Cumaru Hardwood Siding is another rugged and durable species available for wood rain screen siding installations. Pronounced KOO'-mah-roo, Mataverde Cumaru cladding has the same strength and high density characteristics as Cumaru decking and Cumaru lumber.

Cumaru wood siding has rich reddish brown and yellowish brown colors whose exotic graining can be enhanced with a natural oil finish. Like Ipe hardwood siding, Cumaru wood siding can also be allowed to "weather out" and age gracefully to a natural silvery patina.

Mataverde Cumaru decking and siding has recently been tested and has surpassed the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) requirements as a Class A fire rated building material. 

 

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Cumaru Class A Fire Rating Test Results

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Mataverde® FSC® Santa Maria Rain Screen Siding 

Mataverde FSC Certified Santa Maria Hardwood Rain Screen Siding for Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

 

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 Mataverde 100% Pure FSC Santa Maria Hardwood Rain Screen Cladding is a beautiful and durable hardwood species available for wood rain screen siding installations.  Mataverde Santa Maria hardwood siding has the same strength and medium-high density characteristics as Santa Maria decking. Santa Maria rain screen wood siding has the lustrous appearance of genuine mahogany and can be stained different colors to complement your color scheme.
 

Like other high density and medium high density hardwoods, Santa Maria can be allowed to weather naturally to a silver-gray patina or it can be re-finished as needed to maintain its rich coloration and graining. Santa Maria siding can also be stained in a wide range of colors.

FSC Santa Maria hardwood siding is an excellent sustainable rainscreen cladding material option.

 

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Louro Preto Hardwood Rain Screen Siding and Cladding

Mataverde Louro Preto Rain Screen Cladding and Wood Siding
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FSC Certified Mataverde Louro Preto Rain Screen Hardwood Siding is an affordable hardwood cladding option for wood rain screen designs. Pronounced LAW'-rho PRAY'-toe, Mataverde Louro Preto ranges in color from light tans to medium reddish brown and darker brown tones. Louro Preto is fine grained and exhibits some tropical grain and color variations.

Louro Preto siding will accept an oil finish and may also be finished with most exterior stain products to enhance the color. If your rain screen project requires an FSC certified hardwood with the ability to be stained any number of colors on a limited budget, Louro Preto siding is a very worthy consideration.

 
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Massaranduba Rain Screen Siding and Cladding

Mataverde Massaranduba Rain Screen Hardwood Cladding and Wood Siding for Climate-Shield Rain Screen System 

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FSC Certified Mataverde Massaranduba Rain Screen Hardwood Siding is a handsome and affordable hardwood cladding option for rain screen wood siding installations. Pronounced MASS'-ah-ran-DOO'-bah, Mataverde Massaranduba hardwood rain screen siding has rich colors ranging from light reddish browns to medium and darker reddish brown.  Tropical graining and color variations make it a particularly striking cladding material.

Because of its deep colors, Massaranduba is sometimes referred to as "Brazilian Redwood". Massaranduba however is significantly harder than redwood - about 4 times harder - and its coloring can be enriched with exterior oil finishes such as Penofin. 

Massaranduba Rain Screen is an excellent natural cladding choice for projects requiring a moderately priced, FSC certified wood siding material. Learn more about this beautiful wood siding species below.


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Mataverde Thermowood Rain Screen Siding and Cladding

Thermowood Wood Siding for Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

 

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Mataverde novathermowood siding is a unique wood cladding product with exceptional stability.  Mataverde Thermowood is real wood siding material that has been embraced by architects and designers worldwide, to create and enhance beautiful and enduring project designs from the Arctic Circle to Africa and far beyond. Thermowood is a sustainable, natural wood cladding solution for rain screen siding and other outdoor projects.

Developed in Scandinavia, Thermowood® technology is an environmentally friendly, patented process that improves the natural properties of sustainable hardwoods and softwoods. The Thermowood process uses no chemicals or toxins, only heat and water, and permanently modifies the wood cell walls of the wood.  Thermowood, is an all natural wood that improves the wood's characteristics and performance and gives the wood a rich brown color. After exposure to sun and rain, the wood develops a natural silver-gray patina. Performance is maintained, while beauty is enhanced.

Mataverde Thermowood cladding is real wood - the remarkable process strengthens and stabilizes it for exterior use. Mataverde is a sustainable natural wood cladding solution for rain screen projects.

 

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Wood Siding Species Comparisons


For additional information about other wood siding material options and their potential compatibility with the Climate-Shield Rain Screen System, please click on the link below to download our Wood Siding Species Comparisons Chart.

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If the wood siding species you are considering is not listed on the chart, please Contact our Specialists.

 
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What types of wood siding are there?

There are lots of wood siding materials, available in either softwood or hardwood species.  Softwood species such as red cedar, Douglas fir and redwood are popular, but require regular repainting or refinishing to hold up to outdoor weather. Hardwood siding species such as Ipe, Garapa, Machiche and Cumaru siding are longer lasting and beautiful, with tropical graining and exotic color variations.  High density hardwood siding is very durable.  Repainting or refinishing hardwood siding is an appearance option but is not required.

 

How does wood rainscreen cladding work?

Wood rainscreen cladding means any cladding that is installed as part of a rainscreen system. There are lots of rain screen methods to install cladding and lots of material options. Once you choose your wood siding species, it will look pretty much the same from the outside, no matter what rainscreen installation method you select. But it’s what’s going on behind the siding that makes all the difference. The best rainscreen methods will protect your siding and your home or structure better, and much longer.

 

How does a wood rainscreen work?

All wood rainscreen methods leave a gap behind the wood siding to allow it dry out, which makes it less prone to rot and decay.  But some methods are much more effective than others. Using furring strips to create a rainscreen is OK but is certainly not the best way. The best rainscreen method is to allow ventilation at the top and bottom of the wall, and ventilation between the siding boards, without using furring strips.

 

 

How much rainscreen do I need?

One you decide which exterior walls you will install rainscreen siding on, simply measure the wall area. Multiply your wall height times your length to calculate your overall square footage. Then deduct the square footage of windows and doors (where you will not be using siding).  Then add a waste factor for trimming and cutting your rainscreen siding to fit.

 

Typical Example of How to Measure Your project for Wood Siding:

 

Measure

Do the math

Calculate

Overall wall size is 10’ high and 40’ long

10 feet x 40 feet = 400 square feet

400 SF

Deduct square footage of windows

5 windows at 3’ x 5’ each = 75 square feet

-75 SF

Deduct square footage of doors

1 door at 3’ x 6’-8” = 20 square feet

-20 SF

Subtotal

 

305 SF

Add waste for trimming and cuts

Add 10% (305 x .1 = 30.5 square feet)

+ 31 SF

Total siding you need to order

 

336 SF

 

 

How long will wood siding last?

The better the rainscreen system, the longer your wood siding will last. The better the species, the longer your wood siding will last. Softwood sidings must be refinished or repainted to extend their lifetime.  High density hardwood siding last much longer. If you choose to let your hardwood siding ‘silver out’ to a driftwood patina, no refinishing is necessary. Hardwood siding installed in an appropriate rainscreen should last for at least 25 years or longer.

 

Is wood siding better than vinyl?

It really depends on what you are looking for in a siding material. Vinyl siding is lower cost than wood siding. And vinyl siding is easier to care for than any wood siding that needs to be repainted or refinished. If you want your hardwood siding to weather to a silvery gray appearance, the maintenance is about the same as vinyl siding. From an appearance standpoint vinyl siding comes in many colors and styles. But cheap vinyl siding looks cheap. It covers your house but doesn’t help your property value.  Higher grades of vinyl siding look better, but at the end of the day, vinyl siding is still plastic. If you love the warm natural beauty of real wood, nothing compares to the look and value of wood siding.

 
 

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