Cost and effort of staining windows
My first posting here, appreciate any advise.
We are rebuilding in the DC metro area (high labour costs) and are conflicted between choosing factory painted white windows versus stained windows. We love the stained look but factory stained windows are quite expensive and over our budget so we've considering buying them unfinished and having them stained by a local contractor.
My question is, how easy or difficult is it to stain windows and what should I estimate for time and materials? We have 46 casement windows, the smallest is 24 x 48 and the largest is 30 x 72, of which there are 20.
On a related note, do folks have any thoughts or comments on painting versus staining windows or the differences between factory finished windows versus field finished windows?
For what it's worth our window trim and crown molding will be white but we think that stained windows with white trim will aesthetically work.