What do you do when historic home siding installation does not follow Best Practices?
What do you do when those Best Practices are demanded by the product manufacturer?
What do you do when diagrams describing installation Best Practices are available for anyone to see? That link above is to a page with 14 diagrams for flashing installation alone.
Obviously neither of these crews employed by this contractor have seen any of those diagrams.
You should know, this project is only about 6 weeks old.
The kick-out flashing seen on the left has four diagrams to see, each advising that the flashing meets 2012 IRC code and be a minimum of 4"x4". The installation on the right is a joke, is pieced together, lacks any flashing, is not square or fitted together flush, exposes the tracks behind the trim and has a nail sticking out! Do either of these impress as employing Best Practices in any way?
Protective cover plates, like the one on the left, do not look like a base suggested in any diagram, and this one is already cracked! That receptacle is live and soaking wet in the rain falling during the inspection. And the product on the right, the base for the light fixture, not decorated or even routed on the edges, is merely stuck on the wall (apparently glued) and "Certainteed" can be read on the bottom. Clearly it is a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), and not called for in this historic home restoration's contract. My eighth-grade shop teacher would give me a very bad grade for this.
Very cute indeed.
I could entreat you with many more photos. No matter. It bores after a while.
But my original question still stands.
And I asked that question in three different contexts above. It's an important question to consider.
What do you do? Think about it, what do you do here?
My recommendation: my job as a home inspector is not to judge, or condemn, or diagnose, or tell others how things are "supposed" to be done. It is to observe and report. And I have to say, I LOVE IT when I can report really good stuff! And it's disappointing, to say the very least, especially for a homeowner in the middle of an effort to restore an old and historic property, to see work like this. What do you do?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560