November 24, 2022

Installing a Rainscreen Behind the Cedar Shingles 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’ll go through the steps we’re taking to prepare for the cedar shingle siding at our passive home in Rhode Island. And I’ll show you a cool new electrical panel we’re using for this project.


The textured yellow stuff applied to the side of the house is an all-in-one moisture management solution—a rainscreen and housewrap combined. We’re using Benjamin Obdyke Slicker HP Rainscreen which is stapled to the exterior wall. This is in addition to our original air barrier and WRB—the Siga Majvest 500 SA over the sheathing, then two layers of ROCKWOOL, then a second layer of sheathing for the cedar shingles to adhere to. But we don’t want that layer of plywood to get damaged by water, so we are using the rainscreen to help manage bulk water and allow the shingles to sit on top of the rainscreen. Any water that gets trapped behind will drain through the textured channels and drip down below. The shingles must be allowed to dry—from the front and the back. And faster drying translates into lasting longer—for the shingle itself and its finish.  


Something really attention-grabbing is the new electrical panel we’re using—it’s a SPAN Panel smart electrical panel. It comes in a 100 or 200 amp configuration, it looks really sleek and modern, and it has a myriad of smart features—internet connectivity for wireless communication, monitoring and controls for every circuit, prompts to warn you when an appliance motor is using more energy than it should be, integrates with leading battery storage solutions (e.g., grid-tied solar inverter, Tesla Powerwall), and is compatible with your standard circuit breaker. 

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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