Replacement Windows for Stucco Homes
Many homes in Costa Mesa feature stucco exteriors. But while stucco adds beauty and uniquely-Californian architectural interest to your home, installing replacement windows in stucco walls requires care, expertise and years of experience.
As the Costa Mesa area’s replacement widow specialists, we have installed hundreds of replacement windows in stucco homes with beautiful results. In this article we discuss some of the issues and concerns of which any homeowner should be aware when hiring a replacement window installer for a stucco house.
Replacement Window Technique in Stucco
Cutting through stucco without causing damage poses some unique challenges, which can lead to harm to the home if not properly addresses. Many people do not realize that stucco is basically a very “crumbly” substance sitting on a layer of loose wire mesh.
Cutting through stucco cleanly and evenly, without damaging the integrity of the walls, requires a reputable professional who has experience working with stucco. The right tools – and expertise working with stucco – are necessary to safely remove the old windows and install replacements without damage.
When installing replacement windows in a stucco home, one way to avoid damage to the stucco is to fit the new replacement window as exactly as possible within the space of the old window. Because each and every Can-Do replacement window is precisely measured and custom manufactured, we can often eliminate the need for much cutting of the stucco.
In other cases, installing vinyl replacement windows in a stucco building requires careful removal of a strip of stucco from around the window opening. Because matching the color and exact texture of stucco is difficult after installing the window, trim boards are often a better solution than matching and patching the existing stucco.
Trim boards are easier and cleaner to cut and install around new windows, for a more polished and sleek appearance. The trim can be painted in a contrasting color to accentuate the windows – or can be painted the same (or lighter) color than the stucco to visually minimize the replacement windows.
Installing Replacement Windows in Stucco Homes
Many less-reputable replacement window companies use nails to affix windows in stucco homes. However, Can-Do fastens the new window in place with durable galvanized screws. Not only do screws cause less damage, they are more secure – and galvanization makes them less likely to deteriorate over time due to moisture.
After securing the replacement window in its place, we flash the opening between the window and the stucco with 30-pound felt roofing paper. Installers who cut corners on this step will seriously compromise the tightness of your windows’ fit over time – leading to leaks and drafts.
Next, we use a construction-grade, exterior-rated caulk to carefully seal every seam and gap between the stucco and the new trim boards, between the new trim boards and the new windows, and wherever trim boards sit next to each other. Finally, we caulk every interior gap between the new windows and the interior trim or drywall.
Costa Mesa’s Best Replacement Windows
If you own a stucco home and are considering replacement windows, Can-Do has the experience and the knowledge to replace your windows. We will come to your home and help you understand your window choices, to ensure you are getting the highest quality, most durable, beautiful and energy efficient windows for the price.
We can also assist you in obtaining easy financing, with no money down, so you can start enjoying your new windows (and lowering utility bills) right away.
Free Costa Mesa Area Replacement Window Estimate: 714-752-3407