Siding to Last a Lifetime
Rainscreen details that improve the durability of any lap-siding installation.
Synopsis: In this article, a builder and remodeler outlines siding details that prevent leaks, rot, and structural damage. He installs a rainscreen detail, or lap siding over an airspace—siding nailed to 3/4-in.-thick furring strips. Vents at the top and bottom of the wall allow any water that gets behind the siding a chance to get back out, and the air gap promotes fast drying. The author describes the layout of the siding, the installation of each course of siding, and the watertight details above and below windows (with detailed illustrations). The article includes a sidebar showcasing the author’s favorite fasteners.
My partner, Joe Filanowski, and I have been working together for almost 20 years. He handles the business side of our custom-home-building business and I run the job site. Most of our work is along the western Connecticut coastline, where homes are routinely pounded by coastal storms…