Buffalo, NY July 11, 2012
AdvantageLumber.com, a leading supplier of exotic hardwood decking, has introduced hardwood rainscreen siding to their inventory of high-quality outdoor building materials. Each line of Advantage Rainscreen Siding solves problems that many architects and designers typically face when having to choose from softer siding options like Cedar or Redwood.
Because hardwoods like Advantage Ipe and Cumaru are extremely resilient materials, they are used extensively in applications where extreme climates are the norm. One example of this can be seen in the construction of a new 5700 square foot home in the hot, desert climate of Palm Springs, California. At this project, the architect chose to make use of the many natural benefits of the Ipe wood line of Advantage Rainscreen Siding.
According to Sean Lockyer, Architect and Owner of Studio AR+D, “The ability of the rainscreen to act as a solar or thermal “break” between the house and the elements made this assembly optimal in the hot, arid climate which averages temperatures well over 100 degrees in the summertime.” Additionally, the decision to use Advantage Ipe in a hot and arid climate such as Palm Springs, California was easy since, according to Mr. Lockyer, “Ipe has been a tested material for us here in the desert because of its durability to these harsh climatic conditions.”
Advantage Rainscreen Siding offers the following benefits:
- Fastener-Free siding surface
- All natural building material
- Minimal movement (shrinkage) once installed
- Great protection from water intrusion
- 100% natural, chemical free material
- Responsibly harvested from well-managed forests
The complete Advantage Rainscreen Siding system is available in Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Massaranduba, and Garapa. Besides each option being harder than Teak, Redwood, and Cedar, each option can be easily installed using a hidden siding fastening system. According to Mr. Lockyer, the use of a hidden siding fastening system actually helped reduce the cost of the entire project, “We couldn’t have afforded this material in our project had it not been for the reduction in installation costs which were a direct result of the fastening system.”