Window installation done right

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Q: Whenever I hear some contractor saying residential buildings are built better today than in bygone days, it infuriates me. Take my 10-year-old house (please). I recently found out that all the windows are leaking because the builder did not install whatever is needed to prevent rain from seeping in, and now I can expect dry rot in the framing near the windows. Maybe you could explain how a proper window should be installed so it does not leak? A: Rainwater is finding its way in behind the window trim, and you are probably right that the source of the problem is faulty installation. On the whole though, we have to agree that today's residential buildings are potentially better built than those of bygone days. Quantum advances in the development of engineered building materials and a heightened sense of the effects of sun, wind and rain on structures couple to make for tighter, better-built homes. Each year we head to the Pacific Coast Builder's show, where building indus...