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Old 01-24-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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is it possible to circumvent the need for aluminum flashing on the outside of a window if it goes completely flush with the brick outside and the opening is really snug and i put a good bead of sealant around?

i did a small glass brick window like that and it works perfectly, i.e. no leakage. the outside of the glass bricks is flush with the brick.

the outside of my window is very simple (see pic) and i don't see why this would not be possible.

i hate flashing around windows, i think it is anti-minilmalist + where the window is is really hard to reach to set flashing (3rd floor, not reachable by ladder).

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Main problum will be caulking will fail at some point and water will rot out that widows frame or the form you set it into.
Main reason why windows are set back in a brickwall. With the rough poris surface and morter joints it's hard to get a good sealing surface.

Another way you could have done this is set the frame 2" back from the face of the brick and use vinyl brick moulding or 1 X 4 vinyl lumber as the trim.
The window your trying to use looks like a flat jam window. It may cause trouble because there's no taper sill for the window to sit on to direct water away.

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"caulking will fail at some point"

well if i'm making the effort to replace the whole window, the next owner can make the effort to insert aluminum flashing... i'm sure my caulking will last 10-15 yrs, no?
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The window your trying to use looks like a flat jam window. It may cause trouble because there's no taper sill for the window to sit on to direct water away.
oh, actually there is, the sill is different from the jambs because there are two tiers, 3/4" offset, the inside being higher, so that i can use a 1x piece of lumber inside.
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