Project Profile: Garden Center in California - Pro Masonry Guide

Project Profile: Garden Center in California

Driwall Rainscreen offers drying and drainage for Santa Barbara’s popular tourist spot.

Santa Barbara, Calif., is known for its mountain views and long stretches of pristine beaches. Tourists from around the world choose Santa Barbara as their vacation destination. The weather is perfect, and the views are appealing all around. One great spot to explore is the breathtaking Garden Center, located in the heart of the city. Visitors can hike through the garden one trail at a time and experience all of the beauty it has to offer. To keep the walls dry and drained, Keene Building Products’ Driwall Rainscreen 020-1 was applied.

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Driwall Rainscreen 020-1 is a drainage mat for exterior wall systems. The product eliminates incidental moisture problems in most exterior veneer applications, including stucco, manufactured stone and plank siding. On the Garden Center building, stucco was the siding of choice over the installed Driwall Rainscreen 020-1. The full-wall entangled net product rolls over the water-resistive barrier to separate it from the exterior veneer. The airspace that it creates increases airflow through the wall cavity, allowing the wall to breathe and stay dry.

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Draining and drying are two extremely important aspects for the proper life span of any exterior veneer, and Driwall Rainscreen 020-1 provides that in one product. With a thickness of 0.25 inch, Driwall offers features that include the drainage of excess moisture and ventilation in one product; a light weight and easy handling; simple installation with mechanical staple hammer; and a polymer core resistance to most known corrosive chemicals, including solvents. Driwall comes in wide rolls for fewer seams. The core absorbs and releases no moisture. Finally, Driwall provides no source for the promotion of mold, mildew or bacteria.

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The applications for Driwall are extensive. It can be used with stucco, thin stone or brick, manufactured stone, stone and brick masonry, lap siding and siding applications. Without the worry of mold and decay in the wall system, the building will be preserved for years to come.

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