A Truly Genius Way to Install Natural Wood Exterior Cladding!

This is how you do it!

100% Natural

100% Deconstructable

100% Foolproof

This amazing Rainscreen Siding System comes to you with everything that you will need to construct a proper Rainscreen exterior, perfectly engineered to prevent costly water damage.

Whether you are looking to spend a little or a lot this is the system you should choose if you want to do it right the first time!

Available in a wide range of sustainable and natural materials such as; Lamboo, Ipe, Massa, Jatoba, Garapa, Cumaru, White Oak, Cedar, Cypress, and Thermally Treated Ash, as well as other wood species upon request.

Take a quick look at some recent installations!

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The Story of Reclaimed Heart Pine

Today, original-growth heart pine is as rare as sunken treasure, with less than 10,000 protected acres of original-growth Heart Pine forests remaining. Antique heart pine timbers are revered for their rich history as much as their beauty and durability.

Heart Pine is different from other pines because of the tight growth ring pattern and its unique red – amber color. Colonists who set foot on this vast land found nearly 100,000 square miles of forests covering the Southeast.  These dense forests contained enormous trees that grew as tall as 175 feet and as wide as 125 inches.  Most trees averaged 125 feet tall and 40 inches wide at maturity.

The hardwood trees had been growing for centuries, producing only an inch of growth in diameter every thirty years. It takes up to 500 years for heart pine to mature.  The wood from these trees built a great number of structures throughout America and the world, many of which still stand today.

Settlers of Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas built 75 percent of houses and public buildings out of heart pine.  The astounding versatility of this wood was apparent, being incorporated into everyday items such as farm implements, furniture and cabinets, to construction, flooring and siding. Heart pine was used for the construction of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Sadly, clear-cutting of the vast southern forests in the late 1800s wiped out virtually the entire range of original-growth heart pine trees. The only place to find the last vestiges of this antique wood is reclamation from old buildings.  Heart pine from cotton mills, old barns and buildings from the surrounding area of Greenville south Carolina that have been reclaimed in an environmentally ethical way. All wood is tested for moisture content and stabilized to make sure that your millwork lasts a lifetime.

Characteristics of Heart Pine

  • Red tones: light rose to deep burgundy in color
  • Beauty: famous for a handsome variety of grain patterns.
  • Durability: heartwood lasts for centuries, comparable in hardness to Red Oak.
  • Rarity: once the dominant landscape of the coastal Southeast, now covers less than 3% of its original range.
  • Heart PIne Collage

Comparison of Wood Rainscreens


The Rainscreen Clip System is a fully engineered, complete system for wood rainscreen cladding that provides unparalleled ease of installation.

  • The pre-drilled furring strips ensure perfect alignment.
  • Trim and corner pieces are engineered to be installed without any exposed fasteners.
  • The holes in the furring strips and the clips are drilled at a 30 degree angle so when bowed boards are encountered they are automatically pulled into alignment dramatically easing installation and reducing installation costs.

Competitor’s clips require alignment on each and every row.  This causes difficulty using any boards that are not perfectly straight.  With the competitors design, trim and corners often extend beyond the framing in the wall and then you have clips that are not securely attached to the studs.

The Rainscreen Clip System’s use of the predrilled furring strips dramaticallyreduces the number of holes in the wall envelope. Based per square and comparing other clips to the Rainscreen clip System there are 90% fewer holes in the wall envelope with the Rainscreen Clip system. Maintaining the integrity of the wall envelope by creating fewer penetrations is paramount to a good rainscreen system!

The screw holes on the Rainscreen Clip System are behind the furring strips making any moisture penetration even more difficult.

Finally – the cost. The Rainscreen Clip System with the pre-drilled furring strips adds the same cost as the other guy’s clip. The Rainscreen Clip System will save you time and money on installation and provide better alignment and a more secure building envelope.

This system does not cut corners.  This is a well designed and strong cladding system that offers a flawless finish free of unsightly screw heads.  Request a sample for your upcoming project by sending an email to therainscreensales@gmail.com

At Wood Haven, Inc. we are passionate about wood!

What Do Santa Clause and Rainscreen have in Common??

Wooden rainscreens and Santa Claus both have centuries old roots in Norway.  Both have stood the test of time.  Both are sacred to those who believe.

Wooden Rainscreen:

The Rainscreen wall construction technique dates back to medieval Norway.  Some of the oldest and still existing examples of this technique are evident in Norwegian stave churches.

A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building. Once common all over Northern Europe, most of the surviving stave churches are in Norway.  In Norway alone it is believed there were close to 2000 wooden churches constructed.  28 historical stave churches are still standing in Norway.

How can wooden structures remain intact for so many centuries in the harsh climate of Northern Europe?  The answer is a simple yet ingenious wall construction method – “stave churches had outer galleries running around the whole perimeter, loosely connected to the plank walls. They probably served to protect the church from a harsh climate” – a rainscreen.

The most famous and well preserved example of a Norwegian Stave church is the Borgund Stave church (pictured above).  If a voyage to Norway is not in your foreseeable future you can visit a replica of the church at Borgund in Rapid City, South Dakota and a replica of the Hopperstad stave church (Vik, Norway) in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The Uvdal Stave church was constructed out of pine which has been dendrochronologically dated to the mid-twelfth century.  It is located in the valley Numedal in Norway.  The exterior wooden walls date to 1760 and ornate wooden pews within the nave are from the year 1624.  The building is protected and cameras are not allowed inside.  Take a look at the impressive and historic interior by viewing this rare video, shot with permission from the churches owners, on YouTube http://youtu.be/EC6UGPmeZfQ .

Lorentz Dietrichson wrote of weathering a storm within a Norwegian Stave Church “In the Afternoon the Weather changed, and suddenly an entire storm raged outside. It creaked in the old church Walls, as if they were going to fall apart, it was as if each and every plank in the stave construction would slide out of its Placement, break its very framework of Masts and Sills and bury everything beneath the vacillating Columns… but little by little the raging wind blew more fitfully, became constant…although the storm increased rather than declined, soon no sound was to be heard in the Church Walls, wherein the entire Structure had settled and was now steeled and strengthened in the midst of the storm.”

Santa Claus

Sinterklass is the basis for Santa Claus.  Sinterklass is an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long full beard.  He wears a long red cape.  He carries the big book of Saint Nicolas that tells whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.

Historical lore of modern day Santa Claus is evident in many cultures throughout the world.  Saint Nicholas was not Norwegian; the historical and religious figure was of Greek decent.

Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of Sailors and it was Dutch sailors who came to the New World and would not give up St. Nicholas as their patron; when they settled, particularly around the New York area, their nickname Santer Klause became the name we know as Santa Claus.

The legend of Santa flying over rooftops and entering through chimney’s was born of Dutch tales of Sinterklass.  Where North American’s have elves, Norwegians have “Black Peter” and tell a tale in which “…The names of naughty children are recorded in a large book which Black Peter keeps handy for Sint Nicolaas. Therefore the children will behave and be nice and sweet during this time. They also know quite well that Black Peter carries a rod with him as well as a huge burlap sack, large enough for naughty children to be taken along to Spain.”

Not only is Sint Nicolaas renowned for knowing everything that goes on during the year but also for his ability to do some amazing things. He rides his horse over the rooftops and eavesdrops at the chimneys. Black Peter even enters homes through chimneys at night and takes the horse’s food from the shoes and clogs to exchange it for candy and other treats.”

Where are They Now?:

Santa Claus – In 1993, a grave was found on the small Turkish island of Gamile, east of Rhodes, which historians believe is the original tomb of St. Nicholas.  On December 28th, 2009 the Turkish Government announced that it would be formally requesting the return of the skeletal remains of Saint Nicholas be returned to Turkey from the Italian Government.

Stave Churches of Norway – Sadly, Since 1992, 22 churches have been destroyed by arson.  Almost all the burnings have been attributed to a small but zealous group of Satanist-nationalists and their followers. 28 remain standing.

Stave Church Construction Method Illustration:


Old Dogs and New Tricks

We recently ran into a builder from Texas and fell deep into a critical conversation about our Rainscreen Clips™. He had come upon our enterprise by virtue of locating some Deck Clips™ that we also produce and sell.

When we offered to include a sample of our Rainscreen Clip™ system, he had no idea what we were talking about and got pretty excited when we explained the engineering behind it.He said that he’s been working in the construction industry for more than a couple years and he’s always been a big fan of the installation of furring strips behind the exterior cladding on his buildings.

This exchange has spurred hours of conversation about what just happens organically. What happens when people are left to their own resources and ability to be clever? The Norwegians who created this whole Rainscreen design were not working with architects and project managers, they just knew what they needed and devised a plan to get it.

All this talk has yielded an easily digested theory: Critical thought isn’t dead, it’s just been resting. It’s been thriving in many ways and places. And, fortunately for us, now it is wide awake and coffeed up. The stars are aligning in such a way that these practices that are beautiful, sustainable, economical and easily re-purposed are bursting like spring flowers.

There are Old Dogs down in Texas who have been using what we’re calling “New Tricks” simply because they are most often the best idea.

What better way to do the right thing for the right reason.

Rainscreens and Norweigan Wood

The rainscreen principal was born of intuition, centuries ago, in Norway. There was no science behind it – the Norwegian climate dictated the rainscreen as the mother of invention. Norway is the place where rainscreen cladding had its birth.
Norwegian builders, probably through trial and error, found a way to utilize drained and back-ventilated cladding with joints that were both closed and open. The first buildings to have this type of cladding were large barns. This is why they called it “the open-jointed barn technique.” The timber cladding had closed joints with opening at the top and at the bottom of the timber to allow for water drainage, and also for the evaporation of any rain moisture that managed to penetrate inside.
The terms “rainscreen principle” and “open rainscreen” were first used in 1963 by the National Research Council of Canada. Research continued through the 1960s and 1970s with refinements being made principally in Canada and in Europe. Water is a necessity of life. But in buildings, mismanaged water allowed to penetrate exterior walls is a pernicious problem for architects, occupants, and owners. It can wreak havoc on finishes and structural components, and adversely impact a building’s market value.
Rain screens shed most of the rain and manage the rest, preventing moisture intrusion and the resulting premature decay in homes. Rather than attacking the symptoms of moisture intrusion, rain screens tackle the source-the forces that drive water into the building shell. By neutralizing these forces, rain screens can withstand extreme environments. They appear to be effective in any climate and handle any weather condition short of a disaster. Rain screens effectively “drain the rain.”
They control powerful building wetting forces-gravity, capillary action, and wind pressure differences The exterior cladding deters surface raindrop momentum. It is typically porous with several air bypasses. An airspace separates the cladding from the support wall. The airspace decouples most of the cladding from the support wall, thereby reducing splash and capillary moisture transfer. Large, protected openings (e.g., vents, or weep holes) positioned at the top and bottom of the wall promote convective airflow, allowing moisture to quickly drain or evaporate from the air cavity.
The exterior face of the support wall is protected with a drainage layer to further prevent any moisture that bypasses both cladding and air cavity. The airtight nature of the rainscreen (i.e., sealed assembly) buffers the remaining differential air pressure force. Moisture within a simple rain screen can be drawn into the inner wall if the forces acting on it remain high due to storm or climate. It is a simple, forgiving system with built-in, multilayered redundancy, and It has integrated drainage and ventilation that accelerates cavity moisture removal.
The Rainscreen Clip™ System is vital in areas where meteorological forces require guaranteed protection against the elements. The Rainscreen Clip™ System is the only product available today that allows for easy installation, unprecedented longevity, solid integrity and one of the most handsome exterior cladding available.

The Rainscreen Clip™

The Rainscreen Clip™ system is sold as a complete system to construct a wood Rainscreen wall.  Rainscreens are an increasingly popular cladding solution.  It is considered a green building technique for a number of reasons including the system’s de-constructability and because a Rainscreen extends the life of the wood.  Using our Rainscreen system there are no visible fasteners and no holes in the siding, which also preserves the integrity of the wood.

The idea behind the Rainscreeen cladding technique is to create an air cavity between the siding and the structural wall of the building.  This allows air flow to evaporate water that would otherwise be in contact with the building’s structure creating the potential for mold and rot.  By keeping the wood dry the lifespan of the wood is extended.  The patented Rainscreen Clip™ from Wood Haven, Inc. was the first system on the market to create a Rainscreen for wood siding.  Features distinguishing Wood Haven’s product from the competition ensure more strength, stability, and ease and accuracy of installation. The system is comprised of wood siding, hardwood pre-drilled furring boards (this is the key to quick and beautiful installation), painted marine grade extruded aluminum Rainscreen Clips™ (key to the unequalled strength), starter clips and screws…truly everything you will need to construct a Rainscreen wall! The strength of this quality system has been proven with wind load test and the performance was outstanding!

The exterior of a building is the structure’s skin, and like our own skin it protects the vital systems inside. Worldwide, architects are using Rainscreen cladding. This technology is nothing new; it was first developed 400 years ago. Norwegian builders found a way to utilize drained and back-ventilated cladding with joints that were both closed and open. That is why the Norwegians called it “the open-jointed barn technique.” Rainscreen exteriors reduce the likelihood of mold growth that is caused by moisture getting into the walls of the building. Mold cannot grow without moisture. Not surprisingly Rainscreen systems are popular in the Pacific Northwest. Rainscreen exteriors are required by building codes in Toronto Canada. Rainscreen cladding is popular for public and commercial buildings as well as being an elegant choice for homeowners wanting a beautiful exterior that offers protection for their family and their investment.