Simplified Siding. The benefits of rain-screen siding are beyond dispute, but getting the details right can be tricky. Instead of leaving it up to the builder to select the various components, Ceraclad provides the whole package. Its prefinished fiber-cement siding is fastened using 9„16-inch-thick panel clips, which create an air cavity between siding and housewrap. At the bottom of the wall, a perforated starter strip gives water a way out. Ceraclad siding comes in a variety of colors and textures and costs about $6 per square foot. Panasonic Electric Works Corp., 425/883-9290,

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