What is Rainscreen Cladding and What are the Advantages?

Concept image of a building showing rain roof cladding

 

Rainscreen Cladding is a protective measure which provides an additional layer of shielding to the exterior of existing or new-build constructions.

The Rainscreen Facade offers many long-term benefits to occupiers and owners alike. From shielding the construction from gradual wear and tear starting at the foundation of the building, this includes contributing to optimal energy efficiency and thermal regulation, and in terms of aesthetics, the cladding can also offer a simple but highly effective investment in making older builds look as good as new, but bringing additional architectural dimensions to newer constructions.

1. What is Rainscreen Cladding?

This simple but effective system consists of a bearing wall, a layer of insulation, and your choice of cladding material, which complements the existing construction, and is fitted to the exterior of the building.

The outer panel acts as a Rainscreen Facade, which helps to deflect moisture and shield from wind force. Rainscreen Cladding succeeds because it is resistant to moisture, which means that even extensive rain showers and ground flooding by the base of the building cannot cause structural harm.

The structure creates an air cavity between the bearing wall and the cladding material, allowing for continuous ventilation. Any residual moisture which permeates the exterior via wind force, reaches the inner membrane.

The inner management system features an open cavity at the top and the bottom, designed to provide drainage and promote convection heating ventilation, which results in a decrease in condensation from the air flow and moisture management systems.

Moisture is removed within the airflow cavity management system, which provides ventilation between panels and cavities, and has positive benefits in terms of thermal insulation and energy efficiency.

The exterior cladding material is able to withstand adverse weather conditions, making your building moisture resistant including protection from flood conditions pooling at the base of the construction, and protecting from the structural repercussions of wind force.

2. Rainscreen Cladding Strengthens Construction

By offering long-term defence from the elements, the air cavity contained within the system prevents the formation of cracks and other structural issues.

This occurs as the Rainscreen Facade not only protects the exterior of the building from the elements, but the air cavity system found within the cladding promotes a stabilised temperature within the building construction.

This protects from extreme temperature changes, which allows the construction to hold increased resistance to expansion or contraction movements, which can result in visible, and more subtle, structural damage to the building.

This means investing in Rainscreen Cladding can help protect your building from gradual wear and tear, along with damage caused by extreme weather conditions, making it both efficient and cost-effective.

3. Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency

While buildings without the added exterior shielding of Rainscreen Cladding may experience significant energy loss, the protective facade offers an additional layer of thermal insulation, which can even help to make older buildings perform as efficiently as contemporary constructions.

The air cavity is not only efficient in extreme weather conditions, but also works to regulate seasonal temperatures making the building easier to cool during warmer months, and retaining warmth contained within the construction during colder spells, to promote energy saving.

Due to the continuous circulation of air, the added air cavity ventilation not only improves the durability of the Rainscreen Cladding material, offering an additional protective layer to repel moisture, but helps to reduce condensation and humidity, improving the thermal performance of your building.

These systems are an advantageous solution in terms of energy and money saving, by reducing heating bills, while increasing thermal comfort all year round.

4. Improved Appearance

Rainscreen Cladding materials are not only high-quality, durable in creating superior edgings and corners compared to other systems, and simple to fit, but perfectly compliment architectural trends and design preferences, available in a wide range of colours and finishes which can stylishly transform the exterior.

This is an excellent way of modernising the appearance of older properties, while updating the functionality of the construction. While cladding can provide more recent builds with an added aesthetic, along with offering optimum, long-term construction benefits contained within the cladding management system to preserve the longevity of the construction.

This makes Rainscreen Cladding an excellent choice both for new construction sites and refurbishment projects, and while installation is simple, cladding panels can be easily detached for future monitoring and maintenance of the building.

5. Rainscreen Cladding can make buildings low-maintenance

Weatherproofing buildings with a Rainscreen Facade offers a low-cost investment which could help to save, not only cosmetic damage and minor repairs, but on undergoing long-term maintenance of your building, as materials can become weaker over time, resulting in future reconstruction.

While this added layer of exterior preservation should help to keep exterior maintenance costs down, the rear-ventilated cavity within the cladding prevents moisture from being absorbed into the construction.

This outer cladding not only preserves the construction from any gradual or more serious damage caused by the accumulative effects of exposure to wind and rain, but also shields the original foundations of the construction, offering additional protection from extensive reconstruction needs in the future.

The friendly, expert team at Glaze Aluminium are waiting to provide your Rainscreen Cladding quote today on 0755 555 55 55 or hello@glazealuminium.co.uk

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