I am getting wood (exterior clad) windows for my house (currently being
built). Stain options from the manufacturer were limited so I (or a third
party) will be doing it after the delivery. The question is: should I stain
the windows before or after installation? Before installation will allow me
to access difficult areas but staining in an unfinished building (framing
only) during the month of April (Seattle location) might not be the best
idea. What are other pros and cons? This is a large set of windows (25+)
which are also difficult to transport from place to place.
If anyone has someone to recommend for Seattle area (North Bend
specifically) I would appreciate the info.
Staining the windows in place is not so bad, but you want to stain the trim
before it is put up. They all you do is some touchup to the trim. Done that
way, you have some protection from the elements once they are in place.
Another consideration is the builder. He may not want you in the way
spreading stained windows around while they are trying to do other work.
Talk to him.
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