What are Rainscreen Cladding Systems?
In construction terms, a rainscreen is a method of
installing wall cladding in a manner that allows drainage of moisture before it
can build up and cause potential damage to the wall. The rainscreen refers to
the wall paneling and more specifically how it installed as a barrier against
the elements. The wall deflects most of the rainwater that may be present, but
a complete rainscreen cladding system will take into account how to deal with
residual water and moisture that gets between the cladding and the wall. Obviously, the rainscreen is a vital element
in any new construction or renovation project because of the important function
it serves protecting the structural integrity of the wall it is installed on.
The most common type of
rainscreen cladding system creates a drained/back ventilated rainscreen. This
system works best when there is a quality waterproofing barrier behind the
cladding that will allow limited amounts of moisture to effectively drain away.
The ventilation allows any remaining moisture to dry before it can cause any issues.
Pressure equalized rainscreen
systems involve the use of larger ventilation openings between wall cladding.
These larger openings allow the air pressure directly behind the wall cladding
to equalize with the pressure outside the wall cladding. The equalization of
pressure helps to form an effective barrier that prevents water from entering
the area behind the cladding.
Metal Rainscreen Cladding Systems
Premium quality metal cladding
systems such as aluminum and stainless
steel paneling are available to facilitate the creation of an effective and
beautiful rainscreen cladding system. Aluminum is an excellent choice of
materials because it is lightweight, easy to install and it provides effective
ventilation for rainscreen applications. Aluminum will not rust and it is
incredibly easy to work with. In some applications installers can spread each
metal panel by as much as 1/16” in order to plan for any potential framing
dislocation. Metal cladding panel trims can be manufactured specifically to
improve rainscreen façade applications for both looks and functionality.
The metal panels that are
chosen for the project are an important part of the overall effectiveness of
the rainscreen, but the top manufacturers are dedicated to providing a full
package deal with every element specifically designed to improve the
ventilation, thermal, acoustic and fire prevention properties of the
installation system as a whole.
Finding the Best Rainscreen Cladding Systems
Nortem Corporation is a major
manufacturer of premium quality full package wall cladding systems for both
commercial and residential applications. Offering a full line of both Linear
and Plug In panels, Nortem is able to provide exceptional products with the
ability to customize the look for any building.
Nortem is dedicated to using the
latest materials, technology and innovating thinking to continually develop
façade concepts and cladding systems that challenge traditional typologies.
This includes using as much recycled material as possible and providing
products that achieve Leed
Certification to help reduce the overall carbon footprint.
Contact Nortem today to discover
the best rainscreen cladding systems available; give your building effective
protection against the elements with a beautiful look that is built to last.