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n0chance 04-15-2012 04:24 PM

Sun Room - Keeping dirt off and out (gap between floor and siding)
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I just bought a new home that has a screened in sun room / 3 season room. I am looking forward to using the room, but it gets really dirty pretty quickly.

1) There is a gap between the floor and the siding, which allows leaves, dirt, and debris to gather inside. What options do I have to help fill that gap?

2) Dirt splashes up onto the siding making it dirty. There was a mulch bed there, do you recommend just removing the mulch bed and just having a lawn there so dirt doesn't splash up?

Here's what the sun room looks like from the outside:

and the inside:


itsnotrequired 04-15-2012 05:56 PM

sounds like there are no gutters along this wall? wash stone, landscape rocks, even grass will go a long way in reducing the dirt that piles up. probably easier than installing gutters. even with gutters you would likely still get some splashing.

another option is to seal the gap.

n0chance 04-15-2012 07:29 PM

There are gutters on the roof of the sun room along the front, but not along the sides. I guess I'll be ok with the splashing if I grass up the area.

For sealing the gap, what options do I have, or what can I use to seal that gap?


joecaption 04-15-2012 07:34 PM

One of the hundreds of post regarding a wall just built to close to a deck, stoop or grade.
Please look at some of the older post to see what to do.
Nothing you have there meets any type on modern building code.

cortell 04-15-2012 08:07 PM

There is no good quick fix for all the problems with that wall.

n0chance 04-16-2012 06:57 PM

Inspection Report
Thanks for the info. I pulled up the home inspection report and I remember the inspector mentioning that it was probably done as a DIY project from the previous owner.


Damaged siding and siding to earth contact is present, three season room. Repairs are needed (removal of dirt) to prevent deterioration and possible wood destroying pest infestation. You need to be aware wood rot & wood destroying pest infestation may be present behind the siding but
cannot be seen. The only real way to determine if rot or wood destroying insects are present is by opening the walls (removing the exterior siding or the interior drywall). This is not part of our 'non-invasive' inspection.
"J" channel is missing, three season room. "J" channel is part of the wall covering system to prevent moisture penetration. Have a qualified siding contractor repair.
We'll probably end up saving some $ to re-do the sunroom/3 season room area; this is out of my league!

Thanks for taking a look!

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