What is a rainscreen?
A rainscreen is an architectural, exterior over-cladding system that stands off from the building’s external weather-resistant barrier. It envelopes and protects the building from water infiltration, controlling water drainage and evaporation.
In lay terms, a rainscreen is akin to an elegant raincoat that protects the building from the elements, while delivering an added dose of style. It can completely transform the appearance of an existing building: Watch video.
There are two types of rainscreen systems: drained and back-ventilated, or pressure equalized. Both types allow water to escape and air to circulate behind them. Both are available from Bendheim Wall Systems.
Rainscreen facades can reduce the risk of mold, mildew, and water damage to buildings. They can breathe new life into existing structures by presenting an attractive, refreshed, modern face. And they can accomplish this without disrupting occupants or requiring costly, wasteful, time-consuming demolition.