Rainscreen cladding is an essential protective measure against constant exposure to rain. It is an external wall consisting of panels that help to block rainwater from penetrating walls.
Although rain-screen cladding was always a part of protective measures, it was only in the late 20th century that it gained popularity as an essential fixture in buildings and homes. In present times when global warming is creating erratic and extreme weather conditions, this system is a sure protection against heavy rainfall
How rainscreen cladding works
In simple terms, Rainscreen cladding is the exterior protective barrier like a screen wall.
Rainscreen cladding has three layers consisting of an external panel, a ventilation cavity and an inner leaf. It shields the wall from rainfall by allowing water to run off down the facade instead of hitting the walls directly. If any water penetrates the system, it gets disposed of through the drainage of the rainscreen cladding.
Advantages of installing a rainscreen cladding
- The ease of installation does not delay the construction time of other cladding wall material.
- Rainscreen cladding improves thermal insulation. Thus, it reduces energy consumption and lowers energy bills.
- It is an attractive feature to the exterior wall.
- The ventilation cavity acts as a preventative barrier and stops condensation on the walls of the structure
- Rainscreen cladding is a lightweight system.
- It protects the appearance of your exteriors, reducing maintenance costs.
Rainscreen cladding applications
This type of cladding is used for wall cladding and facade finishes and also in balcony and canopy cladding. The external stairways, roof edgings and parapet wall copings are other areas that can benefit from rainscreen cladding. Most builders suggest refurbishing and renewing the exterior walls with rainscreen cladding.
Rainscreen cladding is available in various materials including UV-resistant timber, laminate board, fibre cement, ceramic, terracotta, metal, stone, composites or recycled glass in several systems using different insulation materials to suit your needs and budget.