replacement windows in stucco
I'm looking for discussion on the pros/cons of full-frame window replacement versus replacement-frame windows (or retrofit) on a stucco house. Current windows are alum. frame, probably with alum. fin embedded in the stucco.
I see two main issues with the full frame removal: 1) this would require thoughtful rebuild of the primary water seal and 2) potential for lots of work on stucco matching (with lots of chances for not getting it right). On the other hand, you get a window that maximizes the RO size.
Replacement windows reduce the size of the existing window by the area of the frame, but minimize the problems listed above.
Any other thoughts out there?