The Deck Clip
Fine Homebuilding has promoted rain screens for a pretty long time, so you can imagine our excitement when we found someone making a living selling a rain-screen product. That someone is Jim Guffey of Perry, Kans. He invented the marine-grade aluminum clip marketed by his specialty lumber company, Woodhaven Inc.
Here’s where the story gets interesting: Jim’s decking customers wanted hidden fasteners, but the plastic ones available were too flimsy and the metal ones on the market too expensive. So after a year, he developed the aluminum Deck Clip. Because rain-screen fasteners aren’t that different, he adapted the design to work with an integrated siding system.
The basics of the system include 3/4-in. by 3-in. rot-resistant furring boards with pilot holes, the aforementioned rain-screen clips and screws, FSC-certified factory-finished siding, prefabricated window and door trim, and corner boards.
Builder’s Benefit: Because the FSC hardwood siding attaches using clips, there are no nail holes to color-match with putty. And once you get the furring strips level and plumb, it’s hard to misalign the siding.