Scenario: new home, leaking windows, 8 years fighting with builder, class action lawsuit, verdict windows good, verdict installation bad, won $, repair confusion. Now is the time for me to repair. The lawyer's engineers solution is a type A window repair - cut out 12" stucco around entire window - reflash - restucco. I have seen most of the houses around me have to do this 2-3 times as the repairs don't always take.
My question: would cleaning around the windows leaving a gap between stucco and window frame, filling this gap with caulking, and then painting the entire house in an elastomeric water repelling paint (including caulking) be a possibly better solution as long as the integrity of the window is intact? Thank you in advance!
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