Those are all pretty much low-end windows. When I was back in VA, Window World actually used the same windows as HD, only under a different name. Those windows are sold at a pricepoint, not on quality. You need to step up to the top option/series in any of those brands. Not that they probably won't be better than what you have now, and not that they aren't ok, just not the greatest. I wouldn't have a Pella in my garage though. The others are pretty much the Hyundai Accents of windows. Basic, cheap, not the best quality. Will they do the job, yep, do they have pretty good warranties, yep....would you want to drive them....that's up to you. Unless your budget is severely limited, I would suggest you need to look upscale a little bit. Maybe some of our Pro's will have some brand recommendations later. I sold many many AC windows from HD, and overall people were happy with their purchases. The majority of problems were with ordering and manufacturing errors. Some folks apparently had much higher expectations and were never going to be satisfied. What do they expect from a $125 window?
Rather than cutting the stucco back to where the anticipated edge of your trim will be, you will probably be better off cutting a rabbet in the outside edge of your trim so that it actually laps OVER the stucco edge. This technique (and other precautions like incorporating new housewrap and window flashing tape into the old WRB) was featured in the article Replacing Doors in Stucco in the 7/07 issue of Journal of Light Construction. I'm not a big fan of this technique but in some cases its probably the best alternative. Also, if you are going to paint the trim, Azek or Versatex might be a better alternative to wood trim. Please don't use PT wood as trim!
P1060286 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! XSleeper and marksr, Thank you very much for your advice. I am attaching a photo of the door. The photo can clarify many questions I asked so please take a look give more advice. XSleeper, how do I get a copy of the article you were talking about? I want to do the wrap and flashing right as well. Do you mean it is not a good idea to paint redwood? what material is the trim you mentioned? The particular trims are not sold nearby. Again about stucco: my stucco wall has many hair like cracks vertically. Should I ask professional to seal them and then paint it waterproof? Then will it not be breathable? BTW, I locate in the bay area where the weather is mild and there is not a lot of rain (except in winter).
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