Facade specialists are always on the lookout for building solutions that fit the trend of architectural sustainability, and this is why rainscreen cladding in UK buildings has become a very popular choice. A rainscreen cladding is the most efficient cladding system for construction envelope purposes nowadays. It has offered facade companies in the UK a multitude of benefits since its conception in the 1940’s.
The main function of rainscreen cladding is to protect a building’s exterior façade from rainwater damage and moisture retention. It serves as a second layer of exterior cladding that works to keep the structural façade dry, while allowing air to ventilate the building’s structure. How it works is, the cladding panels form a barrier to rainwater, preventing it from reaching the exterior wall of the building and the air circulated under the cladding panels helps to drive moisture away. Now that you have a basic understanding of how it functions, let’s go through a few more important advantages of rainscreen cladding in the UK, and why this technology comes highly recommended by facade specialists.
Improved thermal and acoustic insulation
Adding an insulation layer to the exterior of the building is optional, but when we combine it with the rainscreen cladding system, the thermal and acoustic insulation of the building improves significantly. This is an effective and cost-saving method of increasing thermal insulation without sacrificing floor space. The chances of cold bridging are significantly reduced as well as the likelihood of condensation and damp, saving money on energy bills. Acoustic performance through soundproofing is enhanced by the additional layer that rainscreen cladding provides. This is very important in urban areas that are surrounded by busy roads, airports, or train stations.
Improved Aesthetics and Design Flexibility
Modern rainscreen cladding systems are lightweight and strong, making it relatively easy to create engaging, striking designs that appear to defy gravity and give character to a building.
Whether it’s an overhanging canopy or parabolic curve in a façade, our lightweight and strong metal rainscreen cladding systems can turn your vision into reality.
They are also great for renovations, over cladding an existing building can greatly improve its appearance. Rainscreen cladding in the UK makes an old building look and perform like new. Facade specialists turn to rainscreen cladding as a way of modernising older properties, or ensuring that new builds have contemporary appeal.
Ease of installation
Being lightweight makes rainscreen cladding systems relatively easy to install. Here at RFL Facades, we pre-assemble cladding systems in our factory to make sure they fit right, first time, on site.
As well as helping to reduce energy levels, rainscreen cladding in the UK, in the hands of experienced facade specialists, is an incredibly sustainable building product. Aluminium rainscreen cladding in particular is a highly sustainable material. Most aluminium is initially smelted using hydroelectric power and it can also be recycled at the end of a building’s life. Being that rainscreen cladding in the UK also lends itself to off-site construction, it can be pre-fitted or pre-built and can significantly reduce energy usage on-site.
At RFL Facades, we are always happy to share our years of knowledge and experience. Now that you have a better understanding of this amazing technology and its benefits, we can discuss rainscreen cladding as an option for your next building or refurbishment project.