We recently purchased a 2009 townhome with a second floor deck accessible through a French door. Last week we noticed that the area directly below the French door sill and above the deck appears to be missing something. From the outside we can see some type of metal siding attached with nails on top of some other material (we don’t recognize it but it resembles a plastic tarp) which is adhered with some black tacky substance. Beyond these two layers, we can see another black surface. It seems like something should be covering this entire area.
Can you tell us if we should have some piece of wood trim, pvc or siding that should be covering this entire area? Is this something we can/should do ourselves or should we hire someone?
Pictures attached at the below flickr photo album since we could not upload.
Joe and Mary