The 9 Most Important Factors to Consider in Rainscreen Cladding Design

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Whilst there are certain to be other issues to consider for individual projects, there are 9 key factors that are most often considered when it comes to holistic rainscreen cladding design.

1. Materials

The materials used for the rainscreen cladding should be durable, able to withstand exposure to the elements, and able to resist water infiltration. They should also have a good fire rating and be easy to maintain.

2. Weather resistance

The rainscreen cladding system should be able to resist the range of weather conditions experienced in and around its location, such as wind, snow, heavy rain, or extremes of temperature.

3. Air and moisture management

The design should allow for proper air flow behind the rainscreen cladding to prevent moisture buildup and promote drying. The rainscreen should also be designed to allow water to drain away from the building.

4. Thermal performance

The rainscreen cladding should have good thermal performance to help reduce energy consumption and improve the comfort of the building's occupants.

5. Aesthetics

The rainscreen cladding should be visually appealing and complement the overall design of the building.

6. Sustainability

The rainscreen cladding design should take into account the environmental impact and energy efficiency of the building.

7. Compatibility

The rainscreen cladding system should be compatible with the building's structure and other systems, such as HVAC and electrical.

8. Fire safety

The rainscreen cladding should be designed to resist fire, meet building codes and regulations, and provide a safe escape route in case of fire.

9. Maintenance

The rainscreen cladding system should be easy to maintain, clean, and repair.

Stronger Together when rainscreen cladding is built with Bailey

Bailey provides a wide range of cladding materials and products, particularly rainscreen cladding systems. These systems are designed to satisfy all the important design criteria referenced above.  

Bailey’s rainscreen cladding systems are engineered to provide weather resistance, air and moisture management, thermal performance, fire safety, and ease of maintenance. The company also offers cladding solutions that are sustainable, energy-efficient, and visually appealing.  

Rainscreen cladding systems that are designed, engineered, and manufactured by Bailey are compatible with other building systems and meet all relevant building codes and regulations, including BR135 ‘Fire performance of external thermal insulation for walls of multistorey buildings, third edition'. Additionally, Bailey provides technical support and training to ensure that rainscreen cladding is installed correctly and to the highest standards.

For more information about any of the critical 9 considerations for rainscreen cladding design, email us today.