How to Replace Windows on a Stucco Home
Replacing windows in your home is always a good way to increase the market value, and if you are replacing single pain windows, also making it more energy efficient. Depending on the age of your home, replacing windows on a stucco home may require a different approach. How do you replace the windows on your stucco home?
Replacement or retrofit windows?
If you are planning to re-stucco your home at some point, then new construction windows may be the best choice. This involves cutting back the stucco 6-8 inches from the frame to reveal the flashing paper to remove the old window. Then you would install the new window replacing the flashing paper and stucco. With retrofit windows, you will not be damaging the stucco by removing the old window, as the old frame will stay in place. Your new window will be sitting inside the frame of the old window, so it will need to be slightly smaller than the old window was.
What type of windows do you have now?
Are you replacing metal windows or wood windows? Generally metal windows are replaced using a retrofit window that has an exterior flange that will conceal your old window frame from the outside. Wood windows are replaced with a retrofit window that has a bottom to accommodate the old sill.
Consider the frame material that you want for your windows. Vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and wood are the options for frame materials available with vinyl being the most popular. A disadvantage of vinyl is that it comes in a limited number of colours and cannot be painted.
Finding a contractor?
Do your research and find a contractor that has experience replacing windows for stucco homes. Ask for referrals and ask if you can call those referrals for a reference.
Contact Choice Stucco in Langley for a reliable and quality company to complete your stucco work. We work on residential and commercial projects and would be delighted to provide you with a quote for your project.