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What is rainscreen cladding?
Rainscreen cladding is a weather resistant skin fixed to a primary structure on the exterior of a building, allowing for protection from weather and the drainage of rain.
The modern concept of rainscreen cladding was developed in Scandinavia during the 1940′s and came into widespread use in Europe and Canada in the 1970′s.
Lightweight rainscreen cladding was developed in the UK in the 1980′s, with the majority of the earlier projects being located in the harsh climatic conditions of Scotland.
The growth of the modern rainscreen cladding system came about in the 1980′s as a result of buildings erected in the 1960′s, reliant upon the primary seals (either gaskets or wet seals), failing because of breakdown caused by weathering. This resulted in sprawling concrete and mosaic. The easiest solution was to contain the problem by overcladding in a lightweight metal rainscreen cladding. Further growth was accelerated by ever increasing demand for higher thermal efficiency.
The Sotech Difference
Having little or no aesthetic values, primary structures need the vast range of attractive and finishes offered by the Sotech range of rainscreen cladding solutions, from traditional to contemporary, to bring a project to life. Sotech is at the forefront of rainscreen cladding design, having developed a comprehensive suite of systems. Able to support natural materials such as copper, zinc, stainless steel and aluminium, as well as aluminium composite material and high pressure laminates, our systems provide architects and specifiers an almost limitless choice, enabling their individual design intent to be fully realised.