Mataverde is a supplier of premium tropical hardwood decking: Ipe, Cumara, and Garape, as well as FSC-certified sustainable Machiche and Santa Maria wood. Now the company wants you to put the wood on the side of your building, not just on the deck — and they've developed a whole rain screen system including clips, fasteners, trim packages, and fasteners.

Builders have been cobbling together their own rain screen systems using furring strips for years. And if you need to save a nickel, you might want to keep doing it that way. But Mataverde's "Climate-Shield" system offers the advantage of a complete package that's also flexible (it lets you run the siding sideways, vertically, or diagonally). For more information, check the company's website.