previous
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
next
Pin It

Keep Siding Dry With a Vented Rain Screen

The best way to deal with water is to let it drain away or dry out, and a gap of less than an inch behind the siding ensures both

Water always finds a way behind siding. Once it has done so, its potential for causing problems increases, and its potential for escaping or drying is greatly reduced. To prevent this trapped water from causing damage behind the siding, we need to give it an easy way out. It needs a place to go and a way to dry—and a vented rain screen offers both. Although the details of building a vented rain screen can be tricky, senior editor Justin Fink explains the steps involved and answers some common questions about matters such as how big the gap should be behind the siding, how to keep insects out, whether to vent at both the top and bottom, whether it's OK to tie the exhaust into the attic vents, and whether to vent corner boards. He also includes information on materials—battens, wraps, mats, and membranes.

Keep Siding Dry With a Vented Rain Screen

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More