So, before I knew any better, I had new windows installed in my house.
Turns out the install sucked. I should have learned a lot more before letting that job happen.
Anyways. Fast forward to today.
So far I have found one slider and two windows, that will need to be reinstalled properly because I am seeing some signs of water infiltration, no rot yet... but I need to locked it down before anything bad happens.
So now the windows are...
100% vinyl frame. Not clad. No brickmold. No casing.
Non flanged. No nailing fin aka nailing flange.
Sample pic to clarify. This is a nailing fin, my windows don't have this. Mine are just a flat frame. So the frame is shimmed and screwed into the rough opening.
Which sucks. But its what I have to work with unless I want to swap out 4 sliders, 20 windows and a bay window to move to flanged windows. Not gonna happen for at least another 10+ years, if even that soon.
So now... the question.
How the hell do I flash these things, so that I can basically guarantee that they are waterproof?
I have been searching and I cannot find anywhere that I can find a good 'this is how its done' type of answer.
What I have come up with is really just throwing a combination of materials at it during reinstalling the window and prayer.
I have found a couple of sill pan options. Which I think I will only resort to for the sliding doors, since they will see a little more rain exposure and wear from the weight.
This is the place I will likely get the sill plates from. Adjustable. ABS. Includes in interior lip, sloped weeping section and integrated lower corners.
There are various forms of flashing/sill tape. I have found some local that should do the trick.
If I don't get premade sill plates, this product could help me just use sill tape as a protective barrier while keeping the corners as water sealed as possible.
I probably will also buy some house wrap, so that I can build the protection away from the RO a little bit with the flashing tape, then layered over with this house wrap, so that when I do the eventual siding replacement project... the whole house wrap can be done, up under this stuff.. but we will see how that all pans out.
Another bit that I really think I will need to address, is to add in an upper drip cap.
Like this, but since I don't have flanges/fins... I will either need to 'create' something or get a universal fit product.
Getting a water proof install. This is where my real desire and issue lies.
With flanges, I could just flash tape over them, and the union of window to house wrap would make it a done deal.
Since I don't have flanges, I need to find a good reliable method to bridge the gap (so to speak) that the flange would normally occupy.
I know this interior facing pic... but this is a sample of the gap my exterior view has because the windows I have are flangless.
The exterior view of my window install (shimmed and screwed) would look similar to this, if it were not for the exterior window trim covering (hiding) the gap.