3 Tips for Staining Your Fence

wooden fenceWooden fences are a smart choice for homeowners- providing privacy, keeping kids and pets safe, and marking property lines. However, you will need to do occasional maintenance on your wood fence to protect it and make sure it lasts for many years. Your wood fence should be re-stained every 5-7 years, depending on the conditions and type of stain used. Read on for 3 fence-staining tips from your Woodstock, Georgia painting company.

  • Choose a stain with a built-in sealer, or give the fence 1-2 coats of sealer after the stain has dried. You’ll also want to consider the type of stain you use. Clear stains allow the wood to show through, which most people find more attractive. However, they also need to be refreshed more often, whereas high-pigment stains last longer and protect the wood better.
  • Prepare the wood. If your fence is covered in moss or dirt, it may need to be pressure washed first. It will then need to dry completely before you begin staining.
  • Be sure to check the weather before you embark on your project. Don’t stain your fence unless the weather will be clear for at least 2 days in a row and humidity is within the ranges listed on the stain you are using. Rain and high humidity can cause problems when staining a fence.

While staining a fence is fairly simple, it does involve a large amount of prep work and labor. If you’d rather leave it to the experts and enjoy spending your weekend on something more fun, call Davis Paint Company today for a consultation.

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