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Wood Fence Staining
A wood fence can be one of the most noticeable and attractive features of your home. If maintained properly, it can last for several years without any major issues. However, each and every day your wood fence gets beaten-up by destructive sunlight, rot-promoting moisture, and other natural elements.
While some people may enjoy the natural grayish hue of aged wood, most prefer the fresh look of a stained wood. Aside from aesthetics, another benefit to staining wood is that it helps preserve your fence by creating a protective barrier that reduces the chances of rotting.
To start off, you need to get the right material. High quality paint and primers with ultraviolet inhibitors should do well for most situations. Your stain can either be semi-transparent, penetrating or solid-color, depending on the pigment level of your solution. Afterwards, you’ll need to clean and prepare your fence, prime the wood, and slowly apply the chosen stain in sections. You may also want to follow any product-specific guidelines, which apply to your wood and stain. The coat thickness requirement, for instance, may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Admittedly, staining a wood fence is not that difficult. In fact, it’s similar to simply applying a coat of fresh paint. However, if you want to do it properly, it can be a very repetitive and time-consuming process. But don’t misunderstand! The task is definitely worth your time, money, and effort. Properly and regularly staining your fence will not only restore its beautiful natural glow, but will also extend its lifespan and usefulness by several years. Though some homeowners prefer to take on the job themselves, the reality is that many others simply do not have the time and patience to spend several days working on their fence. In cases such as these, we highly recommend getting an expert to do the job for you. Don’t settle for second best by hiring amateur handymen. Hire professionals to get the job done properly and quickly.