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Old 09-20-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hello all. I'm a new member with a project I hope to tackle soon.
My knowledge of building terminology is very poor which makes looking for answers bit difficult.

I have a 1936 stucco house where the woodwork where the walls meet the roof is rotting (rotted?) letting in water thats damaging the corner bedroom.

I'm undecided if I should try and replace the wood best I can and seal with caulk. Would it be better to wrap it with some vinyl siding?

I need to get this fixed and need to keep cost down.
I have some photos I'm trying to post.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:42 AM   #2
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Here's one photo
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:03 PM   #3
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It's hard for me to tell for sure, but it looks as though your valley, where the two roofs come together is deteriorated. Don't get hurt doing this, but do you have access to a ladder, so that you could get a better picture of the bottom of that valley? Also, you may want to post a picture that looks across the roof, so that we can get an idea of the condition of the shingles.
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I would suggest fixing rot and tucking a piece of flashing under that intersection,this would at least stop water from infiltrating your house.
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You could then add a short piece of gutter and a downspout if the run-off was an issue.
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how did the water seep in, in the first place?
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:02 PM   #7
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Vinyl siding is NEVER a better option than anything.

It looks to be your roofing is the problem, the wood rot is the symptom.
As was stated above, You will absolutely get some good advice here if it is possible to get us a picture of the bottom of that valley area as well as the roof in general.
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whats so bad about vinyl siding
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Thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:00 PM   #10
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ok yea the flashing is missing!!!! you need to fix that valley first before you worry about the rotted wood
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It's not missing. That valley metal was installed so many ways of wrong. How old is the roof? Wouldn't happen to have been put on by someone you can get ahold of would it?

You might want to take a look at all your valleys and see if they all are short of the eave like that. It is fixable and not very costly but I'm not going to tell you it's going to be easy.

Whoever did that is an idiot.
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Um..I wonder why it is leaking??
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well thats what i mean...the bottom part is missing....
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You think I can extend the valley metal by sliding another piece under it?
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Thank you for the picture; that is exactly what I thought I was seeing. Although it's still hard to tell for sure, your shingles don't look bad, but, regarddless, you need a roofer to look at everything, and at least rework your valleys. I would not even worry about the deterioration of the trim or anything else until the roof is properly repaired, but in the interim, and this is only a bandaid at best, as John suggested, I would try to tuck a flashing under the valley, the metal where the two roofs meet. Work it up under there at least a couple of inches if you can, bend it over the edge of the trim, and tack it to the trim with a couple of roofing nails. You can get what you need at your local hardware or building center for a couple of dollars. Again, this is a very short-term bandaid at best, but may keep out some of the rain until proper repairs are made.

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