- Why MTI
- About MTI
MTI offers drainage mat (drainage planes) for both exterior rainscreen walls as well as interior above grade and below grade applications. MTI's high performance drainage mats feature our patented "True Channel" technology that gets moisture out of walls faster and doesn't compress under pressure. Whether the goal is a sustainable, beautiful facade or a dry, healthy basement living space, MTI has the right drainage mat for the job.
Since the 1990s the construction industry has become increasingly aware of the necessity of moisture management in the building envelope. A great deal of research has gone into studying and alleviating the building envelope moisture issue, and it has all led to one simple answer: There must be a permanent, predictable drainage space located behind the veneer and in front of the moisture resistant material on the backup wall. This space is known scientifically as a drainage plane and it is most effectively created by installing a product commonly referred to in the industry as a drainage mat.
So why use a drainage mat product behind your stucco, cultured stone (man-made) stone, thin brick, hardboard siding or other veneer? Reputable scientists around the world have proven the necessity of a “gap” or “void” to the long term viability of the rainscreen building envelope. Drainage mat products like MTI’s Sure Cavity, 10mm Sure Cavity and our economy Gravity Cavity rainscreen drainage mat (drainage plane) drain moisture down and out of the building envelope before it can damage sensitive materials. The perforations in MTI drainage mat products also aid in airflow and their unique,” true channel” construction not only moves moisture down and out more efficiently, it also adds rigidity to our drainage mat products so they don’t collapse behind tightly fastened veneers.
MTI drainage mat (drainage plane) products have withstood the test of time. We have been making rainscreen building envelope drainage products for more than 25 years, and MTI rainscreen drainage mat and masonry weep materials can be found in LEED projects, fine homes and government buildings throughout North America. View MTI Project Showcase
Many scientific studies have taken place over the last 30-40 years related to building envelope (building enclosure) failures caused by moisture intrusion and with good reason. According to the WBDG, “Internal moisture degradation is a leading cause of premature failure of building envelopes.”1 As a result of these studies, experts like Dr. Joseph Lstiburek have determined that simply trying to keep water out isn’t enough. Moisture will get into the building envelope through cracks and other imperfections in the veneer, and that water must be drained out. The product created to handle drainage of the building envelope is a drainage mat. Read an overview of Dr. Lstiburek’s article “Mind the Gap, Eh!”
There are rainscreen many drainage mat products on the market. Everything from furring strips to manufactured drainage mat (drainage plane) materials can be used to create “the gap” so how do you decide what's right for your project. We’ve created a page with related resources to help you make the right choice. Discover the downside of furring strips. Learn how using the wrong weep screed in stucco or thin stone walls can defeat the work done by the drainage plane. Selecting Drainage Plane Components
1Morse, Roger and Acker, Don. Indoor Air Quality and Mold Prevention of the Building Envelope, Morse Zehnter Associates, www.wbdg.org Last updated: 11-04-2014.