Air space behind cladding / Guides

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...Air spaces behind siding allows water to drain and moisture to escape. © Ecohome How much of an air space is needed behind cladding? The air space between cladding and sheathing doesn't need to be great but it needs to allow continuous drainage without creating pockets where water can be trapped inside wall...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...air space and drainage plane. One of the cheapest and most effective spacers can be a dimpled foundation membrane cut into 2" strips. This method allows for an air space, but also allows vertical drainage, where a strip of solid wood limits air flow and drying. Brick and stone exterior finishes for homes ...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...air convection that is essential for walls to stay dry. Water drains down and warm air rises - don't stop that from happening. If your siding choice requires horizontal strapping (like board and batten), include some kind of spacer in back of it so water can still drain and air can still rise. Without that space behi...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...behind, despite the best cleaning you can give it, and subsequently a healthy indoor air quality might be a problem as the walls of a shipping container are designed to be airtight. Be very careful with any products being used inside a shipping container home to make certain they are formaldehyde free - especially wood...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...air, and carpenter ants, just to name a few of the unwanted invasions. Once the exterior cladding has been trimmed away at the joint with the deck, there should be metal drip cap tucked under the original weather barrier that carries water clean over the edge of the rim joist that is bolted into the wall. Squares of ...