The Window Replacement Companies that I consulted want to put a plastic frame inside the existing aluminum frame and replace the aluminum sliding doors with plastic frame doors. They are not interested in replacing the aluminum windows with new aluminum windows because they do not like to work with stucco. They say that's a big mess and effort.
The problem is that the existing black anodized aluminum frames are very narrow and thus do not diminish the view through the doors. If I replace them with plastic frames, I will lose about 15 to 20% of my view, which would be a shame.
Rather than use plastic replacement windows, how big a job is it to remove the stucco from around the frames and just put in new aluminum frames? Is this a DIY project?
Thanks for any input. Any other solutions to this dilemma?
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