Smoothing it Out
Assembling the exterior wall on a building is often like properly fusing together pieces of a three-dimensional puzzle. Each piece has its own size, material make-up, and purpose. This is particularly the case when the design of the building requires different types of cladding, such as metal, brick, glass, concrete, or other popular materials, to be integrated for a smooth façade. To compensate for these differences, contractors often use shims to make adjustments during rainscreen installation. Unfortunately, the use of shims may be inexact and can marginalize design intent.