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When I've seen windows replaced in homes with stucco exterior walls, i've noticed they usually really bust out the stucco surrounding the window. If I want to install a prehung door, will I have to rip out lots of the surrounding stucco exterior just like i've seen with the windows?

And I've read somewhere it is important when repairing stucco to match the composition of the original stucco. Is this true
 

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The reason you see the cutting is because the window needs to be reflashed and with stucco this is very important. The same goes for a door. You need to find someone who specializes in stucco to do this for you, not a jack of all trades if you know what I mean. If he's any good his work will blend right in and you won't see any transition. Some stuccoes have 2 or even up to 5 layers. A well done stucco job won't crack easily and will shed water readily.
 

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I agree - job for a pro.

I recently installed two large windows (8' wide, 5' tall) and a entry door in a stucco wall. Framed in and installed the windows and doors. Cut the stucco back about 8-10". Then had somebody who knew what they were doing apply the flashing, tie new wire to the old, and apply the scratch and finish stucco coats to match the existing... After watching him do the skilled work, I knew I made the right choice.
 

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I have a back door that has a steel security door attached to the outside. I was planning, if the security was attached to wall studs, to just remove the door frame from the inside, and replace it without disturbing the stucco, or the security door whose bolts look inextricable. You guys are saying this is not a workable idea.
 
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