31 Oct '11, 6pm

Potential rainscreen issues... #green

I've been interested in rainscreens for a while now but have been looking into them in more detail recently and have a couple of questions. For context I live in Seattle and while we have (infamously) rainy weather it's almost always drizzle, rather than driven. I really like the look of an open-gap rainscreen, without a reglet or similar material between each panel. Is this practical, though? Is there an issue of water and/or insects getting between the panels? I've also seen a lot of buildings with Tyvek (or similar) as the WRB behind the panels but I was talking to a contractor, who produces consistently quality projects, mentioned that he prefers felt since in remodels he finds that tyvek crumbles more readily than felt when opening up walls. Is felt more reliable or are products designed specifically as a rainscreen WRB (Wrapshield, for example) actually the better pr...

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