What to put on the window ledge??

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Old 07-14-10, 03:47 PM
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What to put on the window ledge??

I got a new window a while back. I am going to put sheetrock around the interior. The question I have about this is what do I put for the base or ledge of the window. Some carpenter told me to put 1/2 or 3/4 " plywood instead of sheetrock and texture it like the rest with corner bead and such. I am not sure if that is right or would plain old sheetrock be the right way to go? Thanks.
 
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Old 07-15-10, 05:37 AM
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IMO drywall isn't a good idea, too easy for it to get wet from condensation or something setting on it. Marble or tile is best. Short of that I'd trim it out with wood and paint it the trim color [enamel]
 
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Old 07-15-10, 03:40 PM
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If you are set on wrapping the window with drywall then put drywall on the bottom too. Don't worry about wood on the ledge.
 
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Old 07-17-10, 02:18 PM
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I just have too many horror stories of having to replace window sills that are made of sheetrock. Not to contradict you coops, but I would install a good paint grade poplar and cut it with wings to over lap an inch or so, and let it sit proud of the wall about an inch as well. Round off the rough edges, caulk and prime and paint. I just finished a remodel and that is what the customer wanted. The other part of the house had sheetrock sills and she hated them (Aha! another job for another day, maybe!).
 
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Whenever I've painted a house with drywall window sills I've tried to paint just the sill with enamel. That will help a little but I still agree that drywall isn't the best material for a window sill!

I think coops was saying that if you were going to tape, finish and texture the sill - use drywall not plywood.
 
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Old 07-17-10, 03:18 PM
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Oooh, I see. Yeah I don't guess plywood would be a good substrate for mud, huh?
 
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Ya, the j/c won't bond to the wood as well as it does to drywall.
 
 

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