DIY Network

All Projects

TV Projects

    What Do You Want To Work On?

      What Activity Do You Want To Do?

        0

        Available Projects

        Get Results

        DIY Network /

        Message Boards

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Windows, Walls & Doors    New window installation without housewrap
        Go
        New
        Find
        Notify
        Tools
        Reply
          
        New window installation without housewrap Sign In/Join 
        posted
        I am finishing an attic room above an attached garage and I would like to add a window to this room. However there is not any house wrap installed under the vinyl siding. Everything I have read about new window installation describes how the house wrap has to be incorporated into the installation to protect against water infiltration. Do I need to completely remove the siding and install house wrap or is there a way to install the window without it? I live in Ohio and this side of the house faces west.
         
        Posts: 1 | Registered: Jul 14, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Jaybee
        posted Hide Post
        Short answer: It's better with a house wrap but can be done without it.

        If you can, you could add some house wrap (or some felt) around the winbdows and underneath the first foot or two of vinyl siding around the window area. Otherwise, install the window and seal as well as possible. At the very minimum, you should be able to tape over the window flanges to sheathing with Pella type rubberized foil tape.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10146 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of SturdyNail
        posted Hide Post
        Jaybee, would he tape under the bottom flange?
         
        Posts: 264 | Location: Western NewYork | Registered: Jan 26, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Jaybee
        posted Hide Post
        I would tape all flanges on all four sides. Sure, the most important is the top, then the sides and then the bottom but you should seal all of them. The seal is the last line of defense - the siding and trim should be keeping all the water out.

        I know that the thought is that if you leave the bottom open then any water that may get in could leak out. The reality is that there is a better chance of water getting past the trim and under an untaped window (via blowing wind or pressure washing) then there is of water from elsewhere getting trapped on the bottom edge.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10146 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
          Powered by Social Strata  
         

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Windows, Walls & Doors    New window installation without housewrap

        © Scripps Networks 2009

        Advertisement

        Posting Guidelines

        • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
        • No off-topic or off-color postings.
        • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of DIY moderators.
        • No advertising is allowed.
        • Be nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
        • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political or religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by DIY.

        Full Guidelines

        For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.