What is Rainscreen Cladding?

Rainscreen cladding provides exterior wall protection from the outside elements.  Benefits of Rainscreen cladding include reduced weight loadings and improved thermal performance. In addition gravity defying designs from Swisspearl offer the architect flexibility in design from the wide range of fibre cement panels expertly produced in Switzerland.

Rainscreen History

Rainscreen cladding originated in Norway in the early 20th century. It was used by barn builders using wooden cladding to protect the exterior traditional stone built walls. It used an ‘open-jointed technique’ using open joints at the top and bottom and closed joints down the sides. This allows the evaporation or draining away of rainwater. As an efficient and effective method to control costs, rainscreen cladding became more widely used in the UK and Ireland in the 1950’s to develop the building infrastructure. Rainscreen cladding systems using fibre cement products have been greatly developed to enable architects and developers create iconic buildings of distinction which not only look amazing but save on costs in installation and low costing ongoing maintenance. It is used widely in new housing developments but it is now becoming increasingly specified in existing buildings refurbishment.

Swisspearl Rainscreen

Use of Swisspearl Fibre cement cladding in a rainscreen systems, provides a ventilated cavity between the off-side of the cladding panel and outer exterior of the building. Therefore an air gap is created, allowing uninterrupted air-flow to constantly circulate, forcing any moisture that seep into the joints of the cladding panel out and prevents it from reaching the building structure. Heat energy is lost if any rain were to dampen, wet or saturate walls. This makes Swisspearl cladding ideal as it enables the overall energy performance of those installed to be higher. With rain constantly wetting walls and then the walls drying out, this can result in the fabric of the building deteriorating so fitting Swisspearl Fibre cement rainscreen cladding can reduce this greatly.

Moisture Protection

Any build-up of moisture within a rainscreen cladding system is managed by installing a vapour permeable membrane which allows the building to breathe. The moisture is expelled from the building due to its thermal mass, and then passes into the open ventilated cavity, this in turn is expelled out of the building. The depth of the air gap is created to suit the building height.

Combined with its building performance benefits, the use of Swisspearl cladding in a rainscreen system is also incredibly versatile and allows architects the flexibility of design to create beautiful building.

Detail showing the buildup of Fibre Cement Rainscreen Cladding

Benefits of Fibre Cement Rainscreen Cladding

Design of Fibre Cement Rainscreen cladding

– Lightweight
– Adaptable
– Flexible
– through-coloured panels
– Different design finishes
– Consistency in size & shape
– Over-cladding refurbishment
– Gravity defying designs

Design of Fibre Cement Rainscreen cladding

– Just in time-supply chain
– Low stock-pile costs
– Low Installation costs
– Exterior wall protection
– Low ongoing maintenance
– Long lasting

Design of Fibre Cement Rainscreen cladding

– Manufacture lead-time
– Quick installation
– Dry fix systems
– Low refurbishment demolition

Design of Fibre Cement Rainscreen cladding

– Low material waste
– LEED accreditation
– Weather and frost resistant
– Energy efficient
– Recyclable
– Long-term sustainable
– Inflammable product
– Fire classification A2-s1, d0