Slope win­dowsills with a piece of sid­ing

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Even if you’re do­ing your best to fol­low best prac­tices for proper wa­ter­proof­ing, wa­ter can still find its way onto the wrong side of a win­dow. It’s a good idea to slope the sill in the rough open­ing to help un­wanted wa­ter find its way back out.

You could slope the sill it­self, which re­quires cut­ting the crip­ples at a slight an­gle and causes the sill to pro­trude a bit on each side. In­stead, rip down and in­stall a ta­pered piece of lap sid­ing. Make sure to frame the rough open­ings a lit­tle larger to ac­count for the width of the sid­ing.

And of course, cover it with flex­i­ble flash­ing be­fore in­stalling the win­dow.

Lap sid­ing

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