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Old 08-29-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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I am painting my house right now and the cedar shakes come right down to the top of the window flashing. Should I leave that small gap between the flashing and the bottom of the shake or run a bead of caulk? I'm thinking it should be left without the caulk.

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There should be a gap between the siding and the flashing.

Do Not Caulk that gap.

The gap above the flashing is there so that if any water gets behind the siding from above it has place to escape.

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Not quite sure I follow the post. I also have cedar shakes. On my windows, the flashing on top of the windows (the drip cap) is a Z shaped piece of copper, about 8 inches tall, that covers the top of the window cap and extends about 5 or six inches up the wall. The shakes come down approximately to the window cap, which means they cover about 5 or six inches of flashing. There is a very small gap, like you said, between the bottom of the shakes and the window cap, which I have not caulked. Any water that gets behind the shakes works its way down the wall, and comes out that gap, onto the drip cap, and off the drip cap, so caulking the gap would prevent moisture from leaving.
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