I looked at a house today that is a “tudor style” home. The stucco is 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ Masonite panels that are trimmed with 1×6’s at the seams. The bottom edge of every panel does not have any trim covering it, however it is at least 12″ off the ground. The bottom of every panel, around the entire perimeter of the house, is rotten up to at least 6″ or so. The moisture has wicked up and the siding is “bulging”.
First off, I wasn’t aware the masonite siding would rot like this. I could cut it out and replace the void with ripped pressure treated plywood. I would then cover the plywood with trim similar to the existing trim; probably chamfer the top edge so water would run off. But what’s to keep this from happeniing again? Wouldn’t the newly ripped edge of the siding wick up moisture again? Any suggestions guys?