Benefits of a Rainscreen Façade

Adrian Storey, General Manager at Horbury Facades, looks at the top three benefits for developing a building with a rainscreen façade and working with a reputable contractor to carry out the installation.

Benefits of a rainscreen facade

Protection from deterioration

All buildings deteriorate over time. For buildings that are made of porous materials such as cement however, the deterioration process can occur much faster if they don’t incorporate a rainscreen facade.

Rainscreen cladding systems fixed to the exterior of a building protect it from the weather as they allow drainage of rain and moisture, keeping the inner wall dry. This in turn increases thermal efficiency as a wall that becomes wet loses more energy because water conducts heat energy from inside the building.

Less maintenance

Keeping the structure of a building dry through the use of a rainscreen façade also means less maintenance, as there are fewer incidents of corrosion. In addition, as individual panels can be removed giving easy access, any maintenance that needs to be carried out to parts of the main structure or the rainscreen system itself can be done quickly and without causing too much disruption to occupiers.

Innovative aesthetics

A rainscreen façade can also allow architects to create eye catching structures that would not be achievable with traditional building materials such as brick. Architects and designers that choose to use rainscreen cladding systems in their buildings have a multitude of materials and finishes to choose from. As such, they are better equipped than ever before to create striking cityscapes.

In addition, an existing building that is in need of repair or refurbishment can be given a completely new look through over-cladding; creating contemporary structures that can complement and co-ordinate with the facades of modern buildings.

Benefits of working with a reputable façade installation company

Experience

Due to the intricacy of some designs and building structures, as well as the strict building regulations, rainscreen installation is a highly specialised job. At Horbury Facades, we have full knowledge of these regulations and fixing techniques and are able to install the system accordingly.

All in one service

A specialist facade contractor, like Horbury Facades, can take care of the detailing, scheduling and installation for the chosen cladding system. We have found that this ensures better project outcomes because the architect and main contractor are involved at all stages of the process.

Choosing to appoint a single façade contractor also means they will have control over the entire project and can ensure that the installation meets with the main contractor’s and their own quality assurance checks at every stage.

Aftercare and maintenance

As well as a full installation service, a good façade contractor should also offer aftercare and maintenance services. This includes annual surveys, which when carried out regularly results in early detection of any defects.

These surveys are a specialist activity, therefore it is important that they are carried out by qualified, experienced and adequately insured inspectors, like our skilled team at Horbury Facades. We can also provide information about the extent and severity of any faults in need of immediate rectification and quote for any repairs in order to ensure they are carried out as soon as possible.

Horbury Facades provides a complete façade installation, aftercare and inspection service. This includes intrusive surveys (including rope access for difficult areas), consultation, remediation, cleaning and maintenance, including written reports, logs QA/QC and insurance inspections of all works and checks carried out. In addition, the company can provide estimated cost for remediation works, should they be required, and schedule to carry out any repairs or upgrades as soon as possible.

To find out more about Horbury Façades’ cladding installation, maintenance and remediation services, or to speak to a member of the team about a professional site survey, call 01709 515 044 or email enquiries@horburyfacades.com.

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