First, we have the new construction frame with the nailing fin. If you choose to go this route, you have to remove the exterior around each window opening, pull out the nails holding the Aluminum Replacement Windows to the studs, nail in the new vinyl window, apply flashing, caulk, and re-install the exterior around each window. In addition to being a whole lot of labor, you can run into major problems trying to install the exterior product around each window opening.
If your home has stucco, you have to try and match the rest of the stucco. It can be done, but not by you. Even most professional stucco guys can't get a perfect match. What if you have wood siding? Well, you can cut away 2" of the siding around each window to get to the nail fin, and then you can apply 1 X 2 or 1 X 3 trim around each window. Certainly not as much work as the stucco home, but probably more work than the average homeowner cares to tackle. What if each window is surrounded by brick? Let's not even go there! You would have to remove the bricks, and then re-install them all when finished. Read more>>