Rain Screen Principle

rain screen A construction principle involving the dispersal of rain relating to brick veneer wall. Since approximately 1970, brick veneer walls provide a rain screen for the dispersing of rain through airs pace and weep holes.

The underlying principle acknowledges that a wind driven rain will pass through the brick wall. A one-inch air spaces left behind the brick, between the interface of the brick and the sheathing on the wood studs. Water is allowed to pass through the wall and run down the inner face of the brick, or the outer surface of the sheathing paper, and through the weep holes.

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