People love wood fencing because it’s so versatile and beautiful no matter how you choose to finish it. It can be painted or stained, depending on your preferences, in virtually any shade you like. Determining whether to paint or stain depends on your goals for appearance and maintenance, and how much work you want to invest in the project. Whichever you choose, some prep work will be required, as well as some ongoing maintenance after the initial project is complete.
Preparation for Painting and Staining
Painting or staining a fence can be a fairly time-consuming and labor-intensive project. Before getting started, be sure to research the available paint and stain choices, and evaluate their durability and life span. This is especially important in order to be prepared for the wetter months of the year, since moisture is a natural enemy of wood. Additionally, if you are painting an older fence, be sure to make all the necessary repairs first, and then prime it for painting or staining to ensure an optimal finish. Finally, plan to complete this work during dry and sunny weather, if possible, preferably with a temperature between 40 and 90 degrees. This will help to avoid problems caused by ambient moisture that could affect your outcome.
Painting versus Staining
Painting a fence is more appealing to many people, thanks to the extensive selection of colors available. A painted finish also increases resistance to the elements, compared to stain. However, many experts recommend staining your wood fencing to avoid damage from chipping. For many people, stain is more appealing, especially if you prefer a rustic look. Stain also requires less work and time overall. Whichever finish you choose, work from top to bottom with even strokes for uniformity.
Maintenance for Wood Fencing
The biggest benefit to painting or staining wood fencing is the protection it provides the wood. Moisture can cause decay, and if you live in a wet region, additional coats will be necessary to maintain quality. Generally speaking, most experts recommend a refresher coat every three years. With paint, keep an eye out for chipping or cracking, which indicate that it’s time for maintenance. For a stained fence, watch for faded color and a dried-out appearance.
Whether you choose to paint or stain your fence, make sure to invest in the necessary preparation work to ensure the highest-quality finish possible. If you would rather not deal with the hassle yourself, give Outback Fencing a call. Serving all of Utah, Wyoming or Idaho, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of all types of fences, including wood, vinyl, chain link and ornamental metal. Call Outback Fencing today for all of your wood fencing needs.