I’m building a house in Washington State, exposed to tremendous southerly winds, and I’m (naturally) concerned about creating a barrier against Mother Nature. :twisted:
On a typical window, for instance, I’ve typically only flashed the top of the window trim (many builder friends don’t even do this; instead beveling the top trim at 15 degrees and relying on caulk).
Don’t take this as a slam, I am only trying to educate.
Why in the world would you want to do anything other that the best practices for your own house? What “many builders” can get away with, considering that local codes are merely a bare minimum standard, is pretty much irrelavent. It it were my house, I would follow the best, current national standards, understanding the manufacturers installation instructions (usually) supercede any mere local codes.
I would buy a good window (like Anderson, Marvin, etc) and have the windows installed by a factory trained and certified installer. In that way, if it turns out to be wrong, there is no “he said, she said” between the manufacturer and the installer.
What the people who only call themselves “builders” (but are, really, just posers) say or believe or do is pretty much silly.
In reading information from www.badstucco.com (I know it’s not related to wood siding), it nonetheless piqued my attention that I should (maybe) additionally flash the bottom trim as well to keep water from (potentially) entering the wall beneath the window. I’ve never seen this done before for wood siding, but maybe it’s a good idea. We’ll be using a combination of cedar shingles and horizontal lap siding.
Best materials with only factory trained and certified and insured installers. BTW: Don’t rely on the “factory primed” jargon. Get a copy of the shingle manufacturers installation instructions and make sure that the installer follows them. I have seen way to many houses with pre-primed cedar shingles where the builder just installs them and walks away. Usually, the manufacturer requires that they be re-primed and painted AFTER installation. Priming is the key thing.
To properly flash our new home, would you recommend flashing the bottom trim as well or is this overkill? Thanks very much!
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