Put a Rainscreen Intake Vent Over Windows and Doors
Screen crimp, stapled around a rainscreen matrix, is easy to install and necessary to keep insects out.
Intake and exhaust vent spaces on walls sided over rainscreen spaces need to be covered with screen to keep insects out. This includes over window and door heads. Since the siding needs to be held up 1/4 in. to 3/8 in. over the cap flashing there’s a good chance bugs will get into the rainscreen space.
Here we’re using Benjamin Obdyke HomeSlicker mesh matrix to create the rainscreen behind cedar shingles. One way to install a strip of insect screen 3 in. to 4 in. wide is to tack staple a strip along the wall, then apply the HomeSlicker and fold the bottom half of the screen onto the face of the matrix. I think a simpler way is to fold the screen around the bottom of the HomeSlicker and crimp staple together.
Neatness doesn’t count. Just make sure there are no gaps.
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