Installing wood siding does not need to be over thought and we can appreciate professional installers various installation approaches based on the type of material being used and the buildings exterior differences. The following are some general guidelines in helping avoid possible problems after the installation has been completed utilizing the rain-screen installation method.
Is air space needed behind siding? Commonly referred to as rain-screening.
Air space between cladding and sheathing is required but doesn’t need to be great. Rain-screening allow’s continuous drainage without creating pockets where water can be trapped inside wall assemblies. It should also allow air to flow through from top to bottom, taking advantage of natural convection to remove moisture. The furring strips must be consistent in size to avoid walls looking warped. Dimensions of furring strips can vary but a common size is 3/8″ thickness.
You can find various video’s and articles online so take the time to research your installation before you start. If using an installer check their credentials and research installation methods prior to speaking with them. This allows you to better understand the installation type they will be using and to ask the right questions when discussing with them. Reliable material manufactures can also assist with installation guidelines and by speaking with them prior to your siding being installed.
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