are your windows hurricane rated ? they could be check with who you bought them from Quote: I know that damage is often done due to pressure differentials; how many windows need to be left open? How far (open) urban mythhttp://www.snopes.com/science/hurricane.asp no windows should be left open , all should be protected the wind comes from all directions and is a window is open (or broken ) thats when the problems start what is the construction under the vinyl ?
I also am not clear on your explanation of exactly where you are seeing the water coming in. The best thing you could do is remove a piece of your interior trim and try to determine if you have water inside the rough opening all along the side of the door. Look to see if the insulation is wet. Or is this something that is only occurring on the bottom near the subfloor, which would help narrow down the leak. When a person has vinyl siding (IF you have vinyl siding), it can indeed leak in around the vinyl siding, but the solution is NOT to caulk inside the j-channel. The vinyl siding would first need to be removed around the door. The side nailing flanges of the door would need to be sealed to the building paper (or housewrap- any water-resistive barrier) with a flashing tape. A flap would be cut in the building paper on top, which is folded up and out of the way so that the top nailing flange can be taped directly to the sheathing. That flap is then folded down over the flashing tape so that the building paper laps OVER the top nailing flange of the door, and is not under it. With vinyl siding, having a building envelope that is completely water-resistive is critical to avoid leaks. When you mention particle board, I'm guessing you're referring to your OSB sheathing. If you can see your OSB sheathing... it's possible that your home doesn't have any housewrap on it, which, if combined with vinyl siding, would be bad. (this was somehow allowed by code years ago, but not anymore) I'd be interested in knowing what is ABOVE this patio door, because vinyl siding allows so much water behind it that any window, door, deck, etc. that is above your leaking door would be causing leakage below.
XSleeper, I believe all of what you mentioned with the taping was done already. I have not popped the interior trim, but will ask the guy who is coming tomorrow who taped it to check it out. All that is above the door is siding. I called the door rep from the company that sold the door. He told me to caulk the threshold where it meets the side of the door jam on each side. When I told the guy who is coming, he said no that could cause problems. If I pop the trim and it is wet, than is it, that the door wasn't properly installed? The rep did mention something about a gasket that goes between the door casing/frame when it needs to be assembled on side. If I pop the trim and it is dry, would that mean it wasn't caulked properly when the door was initially set in the frame? Could the problem be that it was not properly flashed under the door? I can see the OSB on the inside of the house. I have seen the housewrap so I know it is there. Does this usually go behind the board that the patio is mounted to as well? House Owner
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