In a stroke of genius the original owner of our home poured a huge cement stoop right up against the house. By right up against I mean right up against. What separates the house siding from the cement stoop? Not a damned thing. That’s right – it’s poured against the hardiplank siding. Brilliant!
Unsurprisingly over the years water from rain and, more likely, snow has sneaked its way between cement and siding, and then between siding and OSB. I tore out the siding and tore out the effected OSB. Thankfully (amazingly?) the rot has not penetrated further than the first layer of OSB. The dream is to either tear the cement stoop out and replace it with a deck or deck right over the stoop (and in the process redirect moisture correctly). There’s no money in the budget for this sort of fancifulness right now, so a repair job was in order.
Cleaned it all out, cut out all the rotted siding, trim and underlying OSB and replaced with new, and installed flashing in the affected areas down to the slab.
Sided, sealed and caulked. Ready for paint. Those pillars remain on my to-do list.