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Horizontal lap siding. You can still install a drainage plane even if you plan to use a traditional design and material. Materials that don't breathe like wood, such as fiber cement boards, can be installed in a manner that creates the drainage plane necessary to keep moisture from building up within the wall. The drainage plane can be an actual air space, as in the sketch above, or created by using a textured house wrap. In either case, it's worth having a conversation with your architect and builder about how to keep moisture out of your new home.
Panel systems. Many contemporary designs feature larger panels at the exterior. These panels, such as HardiePanel and Swisspearl, are engineered to be installed with rain screens. These rain screens are a necessity with this type of panel system due to the gap between panels. Because this gap is integral to the aesthetic desired, making sure there is a weatherproof barrier behind the panels is essential to the overall performance of the wall.
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