Gap above door casing - storm door

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Gap above door casing - storm door

My storm door has a casing with a gap on top between the casing and siding. When it rains, water drips through this gap and is causing water damage on the wooden header. I'm very inexperienced with home improvement. Is there an easy fix for this? Thank you.
 
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Is that part of the door or the screen door frame?
A pic from further back would bring some clarification.
 
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Looks to me like it is installed wrong.
In the corner it looks installed against the wall.
Then at the closest end in the picture it is installed on top of the siding.
It should be installed against the wall all the way around the frame.
And a J-mold is also installed around the frame and the siding tucks into that.
 
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Old 10-18-19, 09:49 AM
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It is installed wrong from what i see... Doubt there is a j channel there but it's impossible to tell from that angle. Pretty sure someone used some self adhesive "Trimquick" trim on there. About all you can do is caulk it. Use OSI Quad or Vulkem, if you can find it. They will both stick to vinyl pretty well.
 
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I would try to fix it with J-mold.

Do it on a warm day as the vinyl is easier to work with.
It can then be cut with a carpet knife or similar and some elbow grease or a dremel which would be what I would use.

Cut the top about 1/4 inch higher then the frame.
Cut the sides about 1/4 inch wider than the frame.
Attach the frame against the wall.
45 the top of the side J mold and cut it to the correct length.
Calk the back of it and the side of the frame.
Then angle it into position.
Tape it in place till the calk dries/cures. You may even be able to get a small nail or two at an angle on the inside corner of the J-mold.
Then do the same for the top.
Take a look on the net to see how a little tab is left at the top so that any water that gets into the top J-mold will run down the side J-mold.

The top of the frame is half way up a slat I usually on install pieces of scrap siding that are cut to push the siding out .
You could probably just use a couple pieces of sponge. You do not want a hard backing just something to move it forward,

Once you are all done if you are still concerned about water getting in you could add a small bead at the top between the J-mold and siding. You would not even be able to see it.
 
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Old 10-18-19, 11:36 AM
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The problem with only adding j channel is that there may not be a drip cap over the door. So you could follow most of mandens advice but add the drip cap flashing first.

After you do all that you may still get a drip... Unless you caulk the top edge of the top z-bar of your storm door.
 
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It's the frame around the storm door.
 
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Thank you manden, I will research that. XSleeper, there is a drip cap directly over the door, which you can make out in the pic. I wasn't sure if a second drip cap would make sense above the frame.
 
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