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Aardvark

09:50AM | 02/02/04
Member Since: 05/29/02
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I've noticed that in some houses when the windows are changed the stucco area around the frames are also changed. I'm curious to know why this is done.

The people who are changing the windows at my place say that is not necessary.

What are the pros and cons of changing the stucco around the window frames?

Piffin

08:42AM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
Proper flashing at the edge of the window must be properly fitted behind the siding material no matter what kind of siding surface it is. Drainage planes for moisture must always be directed down. This requires removeal of some of the siding back from the edge at least a few inches.

I have seen jackleg installers shoehorn windows in without flashings and depend on a beadof caul;k to keep water out of the wall assembly. This only works until the caulk bead fails. Then water begins to find a way in and cause rot and mold. I would recommend finding an instaler who does the work correctly to avoid larger repair expenses later.

JONINSACTO

08:42AM | 02/09/04
Member Since: 02/03/03
77 lifetime posts
Aardvark, Your installer is probably just installing retrofit construction windows and is relying on the bead of caulk method. This is ok but I would always make sure every fall to check the caulking around these new windows to make sure moisture does not get into the walls. The correct way is to remove the old window completely and properly flash it but the way your contractor is doing it is acceptable, you just have to make sure the caulking is always in good shape.
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