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jaymax06

04:26PM | 04/16/06
Member Since: 04/15/06
3 lifetime posts
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We replaced our sliding patio doors w/french doors. Our dilema is the outside of our home is concrete block w/stucco overlay. After we replaced the doors, we now have a gap between the stucco and the frame of the new doors. The stucco protrudes out more than the actual door frame. Is there anything that we can do to make the door frame level with the outside wall? We have been putting cault in there, but WOW we'll have to use alot of caulk. My husband did put pieces of wood inbetween the gaps so we wouldn't use so much caulk, but that didn't seem to help.

Would appreciate any advise given!!! Thank you jaymax06...

TruBlue

08:00PM | 04/29/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
42 lifetime posts
How wide is the gap between the stucco and the door frame?

jaymax06

05:13AM | 05/01/06
Member Since: 04/15/06
3 lifetime posts
The gap is about 4".

TruBlue

02:32PM | 05/02/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
42 lifetime posts
There are two possible questions you may be asking; I'm not sure which one. First, you may be asking what to fill in the 4" gap with between the frame and the stucco (example: the stucco to stucco opening was 80" and the new door is 72" which is a 4" gap remaining on each side). Or you're asking how to have the door project out from the house more so that it is flush with the stucco.

Second issue first: You don't have to have the door or trim flush with the exterior of the stucco. Click here http://www.smugmug.com/photos/67503222-L.jpg

to see a drawing of a window (not a door but the same principle) in a stucco opening in which the stucco projects out more than the window. It doesn't need to be flush, and is actually better that way.

As for the 4" gap issue, you can fill the gap with wood, cellular PVC, or aluminum. One magic number to consider is 1-1/4". If your old door had a wood exterior trim on it, whether a brickmould or flat casing, it would usually be 1-1/8" thick (flat csg) or 1-1/4" thick (brickmould). If you now have a clad door in its place, normally the new door projects out past the nailing fin that same 1-1/4". So normally you would use an exterior trim piece that is 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" thick. If you put a wood door in the opening, the door frame normally has a 1-1/4" thick brickmould already applied. In either case, using a cedar trim that is 1-1/8" thick (called "five-quarter") and approx. 4" wide would serve well to cover the gap. Some would wrap aluminum trim around that to make it maintenance free, or use a cellular PVC board instead of wood (maintence free board that is prefinished and cuts like wood) such as Azek or Fypon. Hopefully that all makes sense.

jaymax06

05:26PM | 05/02/06
Member Since: 04/15/06
3 lifetime posts
TruBlue: Thank you so very much. I believe my husband is going to put the cedar trim around the doors and Liquid Nail it to the frame and stucco. Again, thank you!!!
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