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Question DetailsAsked on 4/8/2016

what would it cost to put 4" stucco bands around my upper windows in Cape Coral, Fl. The bands are 1 1/2" thick.

There are 6 windows that can be reached by standing safely on the tile roof, the other 2 windows are on the side of the house and are about 14 ft off the ground

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I assume you mean decorative stucco bands, not repair of stucco wall around new window installations - though if repair of wall not much different cost.

How about I have no idea of what a fair price in your area is. That is such a small application area of stucco for a lot of setup and masking and moving around between windows that I would suspect probably about $120-200/window - so probably about $1000-1600 ballpark. This works out to $20-40/SF versus the normal ballpark $8-12/SF for stucco - but your area is so small ... Probably at or near the higher end, though of course, depending on the finish, might come in near lower end - especially if a troweled finish rather than gunned as that would cut down the masking and protection for underlying stuff issue a lot.

A couple of suggestions - EXTREME care needs to be taken about prevent water infiltration into the window area around this stucco, as it is NOT waterproof even if painted. Generally for this sort of application it should have full flashing around the perimeter so water can't get under it as well as a hidden drainage channel at the window flashing leading to open air at the bottom to drain any water that makes it to the window flashing. drainage down the back side is advised too - which normal rigid stucco punched metal backing provides but wire mesh do not so much. It is extremely important to be sure the stucco does not cover up the bottom drainage openings from the window flashing or window sills either - a common issue with stucco and similar finishes.

Bear in mind if you ever intend to replace the windows this stucco will undoubtedly be history and need redoing - ditto to residing, so I would hold off if planning on those in the foreseeable future.

BTW - walking on tile roof for any repair - BAD idea if at all avoidable. Since two are 14' off the ground will probably need at least 2-ladder scaffolding anyway, so best to require off-roof work for all windows if possible. Otherwise at least talk to a roofer about your type roofing and protection during work - minimum protection I would recommend is 4' soft foam (couch cushion foam) padding on the roof in walking zone to minimize risk of tile cracking. Cost about $2/SF, commonly available at office supply, box, home improvement stores in 2x6' sheets, so might need 2-4 sheets for the job - most stucco contractors would not have this in their tools so might charge you for it, though in your area with a lot of tile roofs they might have an old foam-pad mattress or thick lounger pad (no metal springs) they use for that, which works well too.

One thing to consider - 1-1/2" thick is pretty thick for stucco (about twice normal) and could promote cracking and peeling off. One thing that is sometimes done for this sort of decorative treatment is to use treated wood or rigid closed-cell styrofoam like Dow Hi-40 as a base which is edge and back-trimmed as necessary to fit properly against the window and to provide drainage channels at windows/doors and also grooved (usually diagonally to trap draining water) for drainage down the back face, then apply a bonding coat or rigid metal mesh to it for the stucco to stick to, then spray that with stucco while lying on a sheet of plywood onthe ground - essentially prefabricating trim pieces with masking at the surfaces to be joined or butted to a window edge, then just using construction adhesive to bond them in place (foam board adhesive at the foam joints at corners) and final pointer or brush touchup at the joints depending on finish This avoids penetrations of the wall and flashing by mesh or wire nails, is MUCH neater for the siding and roof and underlying vegetation. Course, does not work on lap type siding - only smooth sidings.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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