Self-draining Sill Pans Self-draining Sill Pans

Drain water, don’t trap it. Use sloped sills, back-dams, or both to make sure standing water doesn't rot out your framing.

Sill Pan Flashing Options Sill Pan Flashing Options

Pre-formed or site-built, pan flashing channels water out where it won't rot the sills under windows or the floors under doors.

Sill Pan With Regular Peel-and-Stick Sill Pan With Regular
Peel-and-Stick

Learn how to work with nonflexible peel-and-stick membrane to make a sill pan.

Sill Pan With Flexible Peel-and-Stick Sill Pan With Flexible
Peel-and-Stick

This type of flashing is very easy to use, but it’s more costly than the straight nonflexible flashing.

Flashing Flanged Window Jambs Flashing Flanged Window Jambs

On foam-sheathed walls, there is no housewrap to cover the flanges. Learn how to use peel and stick, housewrap strips, or pieces of roofing underlayment to protect the framing.

Flashing Pre-Cased Jambs Flashing Pre-Cased Jambs

Flashing windows with pre-applied trim can be tricky. Two good choices are site-built butyl-tape flashing and pre-made double-sided flashing membranes.

Head Flashing Windows/Doors Head Flashing Windows/Doors

At the top of the window, Mike uses peel and stick membrane to do the weather-sealing, and copper flashing for extra protection and good looks.

Counter-Flashing The Head Counter-Flashing The Head

With foam sheathing, there's often no housewrap to tuck the head flashing under. Mike's come up with a smart way to slip metal flashing into the foam.




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Mike Guertin

Mike Guertin
Mike Guertin has been a Fine Homebuilding contributing editor since 1996. A builder and remodeler from East Greenwich, R.I., Mike is constantly testing new ideas and writing about his experience to help make our homes better and our jobs easier.



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