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Old 08-11-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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When you install a window in an opening that has brick there is going to be a small gap between the window and the brick siding, correct? What is normally done to conceal that gap?

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Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Brickmold trim fills the gap.

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If there is a gap I would seal it with an elastomeric sealant. Lexcel is one brand, and H D sells one too but I can't remember the name. It is very elastic and adheres to dissimilar materials, and will reseal if cut. Check the label, if it is elastomeric it is flammable. It is not silicone or latex. Not cheap, about $7 a tube.
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Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Brickmold trim fills the gap.
What about aluminum trim or wrapping with aluminum coil?
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What about aluminum trim or wrapping with aluminum coil?
The brickmold or wood trim is the base which can then be wrapped with aluminum. In some circumstances the trim can be "faked" with no wood under it, but I generally like to have something underneath. At the very least, it gives you something to nail the metal to.
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The brickmold or wood trim is the base which can then be wrapped with aluminum. In some circumstances the trim can be "faked" with no wood under it, but I generally like to have something underneath. At the very least, it gives you something to nail the metal to.
Do you sometimes have to fasten wood to the brick and then wrap it?
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Is there wood framing inside the brick opening, or are you just putting a window into a brick opening?
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Do you sometimes have to fasten wood to the brick and then wrap it?
Rarely. Normally it is fastened to the rough opening.
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[QUOTE=HomeSealed;1228853]Rarely. Normally it is fastened to the rough opening.[/QUOTE

There is an air space between framing of the house and the brick dont you need a piece of wood stock to cover that gap then you can wrap with aluminum?
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Is there wood framing inside the brick opening, or are you just putting a window into a brick opening?
When would you have a brick opening with no wood framing behind it?
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If it was a brick wall not just a veneer.
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all houses that have brick is just a siding with wood framing behind it. The brick serves no structural purpose.
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all houses that have brick is just a siding with wood framing behind it. The brick serves no structural purpose.
We have many houses here in New England that have a full 8" brick wall with some furring or strapping on the inside to fasten plaster lath to. Probably into the early 1900's. You can find things fastened directly to the bricks with "whistlers" like a backwards springy metal cloths pin set in the mortar joints that nails are driven into. Even inside trim where the masonry was exposed or plastered.
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all houses that have brick is just a siding with wood framing behind it. The brick serves no structural purpose.
Maybe in modern home construction, where the mantra seems to be "siding, siding, siding," but any house from the 60s (maybe even 70s) and earlier has a good chance of having structural brick walls.

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