Drip Cap for New Windows
Hey GBA – Looking for some advice here…
31 Year old home
1×8 channel rustic cedar siding
S.E. PA 19382
I am replacing the siding and windows on two sides of the house and have a drip cap/trim question…
My existing windows are not trimmed. The siding is diagonal (I know, its terrible) and the siding goes right up to the edge of the window. The drip cap (can I even call it that its so small and tight to the window?) is on top of the window since there is no trim.
My new windows are Andersen 400 casement double pane and they have a continuous hydro formed vinyl exterior. These new windows will be trimmed with cedar. I think it will look nicer and it will allow me to match windows in the future where I wont be taking all the siding down. The distance or depth from the nailing fin to the outside of the frame of the window is 1.313″. I will be trimming the window with 5/4 x 6 cedar ripped in half (so the board will be 2.875″ wide and 1.063″ thick)
This then means the window vinyl frame will stick out from the trim 0.250″ and that will be a little ‘ledge’.
And the trim extends out from my siding 0.438″.
So the question; Do I put the drip cap on the window? Or the trim? Or both?
I have found zero examples of this online in all of my research. It seems most times when someone is trimming around a window the trim is the same thickness as the depth or amount of window sticking out… so they put the drip cap atop the trim of course…
Does my concern or question even make sense?
Thanks for you help!
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