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By DCG in Lago Vista, TX on 11/29/2008


We're building a brick and stick house.  Outside is 6" Hardie Lap. 

The Hardie was installed over 1/2" OSB.

We have 6" Trim (Hardie) around the windows.   We're using a very basic "builder grade" aluminum window.  The window is by General Aluminum.

Installation instructions are located here: gactx.com/aluminstall.pdf

Our framer was responsible for hanging the windows.  After installation, the windows stuck out of the Hardie trim and he's added additional 1x2 trim around the window frames to make it work.  The issue seems to be that the window was set to the 1/2 OSB surface, not flush with the frame... I've enclosed photos of a window before it was trimmed and then after.  Can anyone help me sort out if the installation is correct?

 

 

 

 

 


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By DCG in Lago Vista, TX on 11/29/2008


Window before trim:

 


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By DCG in Lago Vista, TX on 11/29/2008


Window after trim -- note, no flashing was used around the "header" of this trim. Looks like an invitation to bring water into the area around the window frame...
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By Mat in Rome, NY on 12/2/2008


Hi dcg -

Did your framer install the windows before the trim, and then install the siding?  From your pictures it almost looks like the siding and trim were installed, and then the windows as an afterthought.

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By DCG in Lago Vista, TX on 12/2/2008


No, windows were installed before the Hardie. OSB went down, then the wrap, then windows, windows additionally wrapped, then Hardie lap and trim.  The small trim seems to be an afterthought...


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By Mat in Rome, NY on 12/3/2008


What you describe is pretty much how it's done.  I wonder if your windows were for a different type of install?  Generally, the window nailing fin sits over the house wrap/OSB and the window trim gets installed over this. 
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