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A rainscreen is a wall system with an airspace between the exterior cladding and wall sheathing that drains and ventilates moisture.  Rainscreens are recognized by research and building sciences as the best method of wall construction in wet coastal climates.

What is Rainscreen?

A rainscreen is a wall system with an airspace between the exterior cladding and wall sheathing that drains and ventilates moisture.  Rainscreens are recognized by research and building sciences as the best method of wall construction in wet coastal climates.

A rainscreen is the best defense against the negative effects of moisture that attach a home’s wall system.  Wind-driven rain from the outside, moisture vapour from the home’s interior and corrosives surfactants that leak from certain types of siding usually remain trapped behind the siding.

Left alone, this unvented moisture can negatively affect the performance of the wall assembly as well as lead to mould and mildew, a potential health hazard.

Prior to the introduction of Home Slicker, furring strips under cladding were the only historical building practice available to help alleviate the moisture problem in wall assemblies.  Home Slicker was designed to provide an easy-to-install continuous ventilation and drainage space that outperforms furring strips.

Home Slicker solves the moisture problem by effectively draining and venting moisture from behind various cladding systems, including wood shingles and shakes, wood siding, stucco/stone veneer, fiber-cement siding, vinyl siding, and brick veneer.  Home Slicker’s unique three-dimensional matrix provides a continuous space for drying, channels for drainage, a thermal break and pressure equalization.

Home Slicker.  Moisture escapes quickly – before it does damage. 

Home Slicker 10

Home Slicker 10 is a unique rainscreen designed to meet the 10mm code requirements in Canada.  Home Slicker’s three-dimensional matrix provides a continuous space for drying, vertically channels for drainage, a thermal break, and pressure equalization, allowing moisture to escape quickly before it damages the sidewall materials.  Home Slicker also helps to lower moisture levels in all siding and cladding systems but is especially effective for wood, fiber-cement, stucco, stone, and brick.

Benefits:

  • Provides continuous space for drainage and airflow
  • Allows sidewall materials to dry
  • Saves time and labor costs by eliminated the need for furring strips
  • Meets Canadian 10mm rainscreen code requirements
  • Consists of up to 50% recycled content

Installing Tips

  1. Install sidewall sheathing material over studs and apply water resistive barrier per manufacturer’s instructions.  Install Home Slicker after windows are properly installed and flashed.
  2. Roll out Home Slicker wherever siding or cladding will be applied with channels running vertically.  Do not stretch Home Slicker – it should like flat against the wall.  Nail or staple (min. 1/2“ staple) every 3 square feet.  (For stucco or stone applications, install an additional water resistive barrier over the exposed channels of Home Slicker.)
  3. Butt edges of new rolls or new courses together.  Do not overlap layers of Home Slicker.  Cover entire wall surface wherever siding materials will be installed.
  4. Install siding or cladding system over wall surface per manufacturer’s installation instructions.  Allow for thickness of Home Slicker in nail selection.  Do not over nail.

**Refer to the nail selection information in the Home Slicker Application and Architectural Drawings available online at www.benjaminobdyke.com.

Window Installation Instructions

  1. All window flashing and water resistive barrier should be installed and flashed to manufacturer’s instructions and Home Slicker Application and Architectural Drawings.  For best practice, install (in order) sill flashing; window; jamb flashing; head flashing with drip cap.
  2. Unroll Home Slicker over windows.
  3. Cut Home Slicker around the entire window or trim.  Account for thickness Home Slicker when installing window trim.

Features

  • Rolls out quickly over entire wall surface
  • Creates a continuous airspace between cladding and sheathing
  • Drains wind-driven rain that gets behind siding/cladding
  • Ventilates behind cladding to remove moisture vapour and dampness

Benefits

  • Installs faster and with fewer complications than with furring strips
  • Allows wall assembly to dry, extending the service life of all components
  • Water resistive barrier is separated from wood and stucco surfactants that can degrade performance
  • Helps keep water resistive barrier from “ballooning” under wind pressure and pull away from fasteners
  • Equalizes or moderates pressure across the cladding, reducing opportunity for wind-driven rain to get behind cladding
  • Wall is keep drier, reducing opportunity for mould growth

Paints & Stains

Home Slicker has been recognized by many major paint/stain manufacturers to help preserve the finish and ensure proper service life of paints and stains.

Surfactants

By separating the house wrap and building paper from the siding, Home Slicker significantly reduces surfactant contact that can degrade performance.

Sheathing

As with most building materials, moisture can attach and damage sheathing, compromising the structural integrity of the wall assembly.  Home Slicker allows an escape for this moisture, thereby lessening the opportunity for moisture damage to occur.

Water Resistive Barriers (WRBs)

Housewraps and building papers are subject to a number of factors, including unventilated moisture, wind pressure, and surfactant exposure that can degrade and weaken their ability to perform.  Home Slicker creates separation between the water resistive barrier and cladding to provide airspace to facilitate drainage and eliminate moisture.

Specifications Home Slicker Home Slicker 10
Width 39.37 inches 39.37 inches / 1 meter
Length 46.5 feet 38.5 feet / 11.73 meter
Coverage 150 sq. feet 125 sq. feet/11.6 sq. meter
Thickness 0.25 inches 0.44 inches per 11 mm
Weight 7.2 lbs per roll 7.3 lbs per roll
Matrix Design 2 channels per inch 1.5 channels per inch
UV Exposure 30 days (max) 30 days (max)
Warranty 50 Year Limited 50 Year Limited

Cedar Breather

Cedar Breather is the solution for preserving the beauty and life of wood roofing.  As a fire-resistant underlayment for wood shingles and shakes, Cedar Breather provides space for a continuous airflow between the solid roof deck and the shingles.  Benjamin Obdyke’s patented three dimensional design allows the entire underside of the shingle to dry, eliminates excess moisture, prevents thermal cupping and warping, and reduces potential rotting.

For quick and easy installation, Cedar Breather rolls out, installs without any special tools, and eliminates the need for furring strips.  Its nylon matrix remains unaffected by UV light, heat or cold, for long-lasting durable performance.

Shingle Installation

Recommended of a 3/12 roof slope or greater.

  1. Install plywood deck onto roof rafters.
  2. Install 30 lb. Roofing felt over entire roof deck.  Felt should extend ¼” beyond edge of roof deck.  Overlap layers at least 4” working towards the ridge.
  3. Tack down Cedar Breather.  One tack (or nail) approximately every 3 square feet is adequate.  Install with dimples down to present the flat side as the nailing surface.
    Do not over lap layers of Cedar Breather.  Each course should butt against previous course.
    Work from fascia to ridge while installing shingles to avoid walking directly on Cedar Breather (may be slippery, especially when wet).
  4. Install cedar shingles per manufacturer’s instructions.  Utilize a nail length that will allow for ¾” penetration into sheathing.  Allow ¼ for Cedar Breather thickness.

Shake Installation

Recommended for 4/12 roof slope or greater.

  1. Install plywood deck onto roof rafters.
  2. Install 36” of 30lb. Roofing felt for eave protection extending ¼” beyond edge of roof deck
  3. Tack down Cedar Breather.  One tack (or nail) approximately every 3 square is adequate.  Install with dimples down to present the flat side as the nailing surface.
    Do not over lap layers of Cedar Breather.  Each course should butt against previous course.
    Work from fascia to ridge just ahead of shake and felt installation to avoid walking directly on Cedar Breather (may be slippery, especially when wet).
  4. An 18” wide strip of 30lb roofing felt should b laid over the top portion of the shakes and extended onto the Cedar Breather.

The bottom edge of the felt should be positioned above the butt of the shake at a distance equal to twice the weather exposure per manufacturer’s installation instructions.  Utilize a nail length that will allow for ¾” penetration into sheathing.  Allow ¼” for Cedar Breather thickness.