Builder’s Guide to Open-Joint Cladding Systems eBook




















Open-joint cladding enhances the visual appeal of buildings. However, it exposes the exterior wall to wind, water, and ultraviolet (UV) rays, thereby risking building performance and increasing the potential for the growth of mold and rot within the wall cavity. Applying the right barrier in the right place can help building professionals protect their designs well into the future and improve overall building performance and appearance.

The ideal barrier for open-joint cladding is resistant to tears and able to withstand the day-to-day environment of a construction site, since the WRB is often left uncovered prior to the installation of the cladding material. The durability is also a critical consideration for open-joint designs specifically because they leave some elements of the barrier exposed even after the cladding is applied.

In the Builder’s Guide to Open-Joint Cladding Systems eBook, you’ll learn the primary role of a WRB for open-joint systems and the ways that it protects against the elements. You’ll also discover the important factors to consider when choosing the ideal barrier, and helpful case studies featuring ways builders integrate open-joint cladding without sacrificing design.


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