Rain screen

Rain screen was first developed in Norway and then Canada in the 1960’s as a way to protect a building envelope.

Building efficiencies and costs are seen as more manageable now, so more owners are choosing rainscreen. Aesthetics and function combine in this design option.

Here, KieranTimberlake’s Yale Art Gallery and their full rework of Sidwell School  both utilize reclaimed red cedar tank wood for the cladding and the rain screen.

At Sidwell, some rainscreen doubles as  solar screen to reduce energy costs and incoming glare. The projects required 50,000 board feet of the rare material.

Rain screen is developed using a few different woods; the key is lightness, so Atlantic White Cedar, Northern White Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Bald Cypress, Redwood and others are preferred. Ask us what we have in stock or can get for you. 

Milling options can be horizontal, vertical or even diagonal, depending on your design specifications. We are renowned for our custom milling so bring us your ideas and we will tell you what can be done.