Rainscreens: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Published on
April 2, 2024
Explore the benefits of rainscreens in protecting Clever Tiny Homes' tiny house trailers from water damage.

Rainscreens are one of the best ways to protect your home from the damaging effects of heavy downpours. While often used for some traditional homes, many tiny houses on wheels owners often overlook the role it plays in strengthening the foundation of their tiny home.  

In this blog post, let’s explore the purpose of having rain screens for tiny homes and why it is worth investing in.  

Understanding Rainscreens

Keep in mind that majority of the tiny houses today often lack prominent eaves. These are the first line of defense for most traditional houses to prevent water penetration. Thus, making it susceptible to damage, mold growth or worse structural issues.  


While it is possible for tiny homes, this feature is typically sacrificed to optimize interior space. This is where rainscreens come into the picture.

So what exactly are rainscreen and what does it actually do for Clever Studio?

Basically, rain screens are an extra layer of protection for a home’s exterior. It serves as a barrier against components, particularly rainwater, that can damage the wiring and other systems within the trailer. Here are its 3 main benefits:

  1. Enhanced Water Protection: Rainscreens provide an additional layer of defense against water intrusion, protecting your home's structure and interior.
  1. Extended Longevity: By reducing the risk of water damage, rainscreens contribute to the long-term durability of your home.
  1. Potential Energy Efficiency: Some homeowners have reported improved energy efficiency as a result of rainscreens, making them a sustainable choice.

2 Key Rainscreen Components

Rainscreens on tiny house on wheels helps to create a gap between the siding and the waterproof barrier of your home. This gap significantly supports the effort to keep water away from seeping into the structure. If water does penetrate the siding, it drains harmlessly down and out, rather than pooling up which causes more damage.

Moreover, rainscreens are also designed to prevent condensation on the walls. This enables our manufactured tiny homes to extend its lifespan and maintain its structural integrity.

To help you better understand its function, let’s take a look at its key components:

  • Furring Strips: These strips create the gap between the siding and the waterproof barrier, allowing for proper drainage.
  • Mesh: The mesh serves two purposes. It keeps bugs and insects out of the cavity in the wall and holds the siding away from the structure, enabling efficient water drainage.  

Check out this Tiny Homes Rainscreen overview guide to learn more.


In your property’s battle against water damage, rain screens are a powerful house support to protect your home and peace of mind while on the move.  

With this, you are guaranteed that your Clever Studio is built to last for years. Don't leave your home's defense to chance—consider the benefits of rainscreens and make the smart investment for your property's future.

If you want to learn more about the rainscreens we use, feel free to check out this video or just reach out to Clever Tiny Homes.