RAINSCREEN CLADDING & EXTERNAL INSULATION | CHARACTERISTICS
Rainscreen cladding is a construction solution widely used and popular amongst Architects and developers worldwide.
Now considered the most efficient system for construction envelope purposes. The combination of a ventilated system together with an insulation system gives numerous advantages in terms of thermal and acoustic properties. It avoids thermal bridges and condensation issues.
The rainscreen cladding system consists of a load bearing wall, a layer of insulation and a covering material fixed to the building with the help of a supporting structure. This system creates a gap between the insulation and covering material called an air cavity.
For optimum performance the system must allow constant air circulation through the cavity creating a natural convection process.
Warm air inside the cavity is lifted and released to the exterior resulting in a continuous ventilation cycle.
This so called “chimney effect” is one of the advantageous characteristics of a rainscreen cladding.
CUPACLAD® systems offer a design to suit each need and are compatible with any type of insulating material.
CUPACLAD® | MAIN ADVANTAGES
Thermal efficiency is increased due to the cooling effect in summer and greater heat retention in winter.
ESTRUCTURAL MOVEMENT REDUCTION
The air cavity avoids temperature variations resulting in less pronounced structural movements. This reduces the risk of cracks and other structural issues.
ELIMINATION OF HUMIDITY
Rainwater penetration is greatly reduced and any moisture is removed through the constant ventilation, reducing the risk of any condensation.
The cladding material is kept dry due to continuous ventilation. Many issues related to humidity (efflorescence etc…) are reduced resulting in a longer life span of the installation.