With news of mold circulating from trade magazines to tabloid television, manufacturers are working toward solutions that are helping remodelers and builders cope with the issue.

Benjamin Obdyke recently introduced Home Slicker, a moisture-draining rainscreen designed to tackle the moisture problem that can exist between the building paper and the exterior cladding.

Home Slicker rainscreen comes in 46 1/2-foot rolls that weigh about 7 pounds.
Home Slicker rainscreen comes in 46 1/2-foot rolls that weigh about 7 pounds.

Similar to the company's Cedar Breather wood roofing underlayment, the ventilating and self-draining rainscreen is a 3-D nylon matrix that installs over housewrap and under cladding, providing a continuous space for drying, channels for drainage, a thermal break, and pressure equalization. The product is designed to allow moisture from wind-driven rain, interior moisture vapor, and corrosive surfacants to drain, rather than remain trapped between the siding and the housewrap.

The system can be used with a range of cladding materials, including wood, fiber cement, brick, vinyl, and EIFS. The material is rolled over the wall surface like a housewrap and installs with staples. According to the firm, the material will not affect the installation or performance of the cladding. For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com.