Some people like the look of natural pressure treated pine wood fences, which start light blond and age over the years to a silvery grey. Most people prefer the look of stained wood, however. Staining can not only complement the color and style of your home’s exterior, it can also help to prolong the life of your fence.Stain seals the wood against moisture. Many stains also contain elements that help to block the sun’s harmful UV rays and prohibit fungal growth.
It is recommended to wait at least three weeks after a new fence is built to allow the fence to breathe and settle in to its new environment. Ensure that the fence is dry and that there is no rain scheduled for at least 24 hours after you plan to finish painting. The best time to stain a fence is early in the morning or late in the afternoon on an overcast day.
To apply the stain, you’ll need either a roller or a pad and a brush. If you choose a pad, go with one that is recommended for decks. If you prefer a roller, choose one with a medium nap. A 4-5 inch paintbrush will help you to get the stain into any nooks and crannies in the fence.
As for the stain itself, choose one with ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors and mildewcide (anti-fungals). Follow any special instructions printed on the product, as specifications can vary slightly by manufacturer. Dip the roller, brush, or pad into the stain and start at the top of the fence. Moving top to bottom ensures a more even coat and prevents drip marks.
Solid color stains will typically need only one coat of stain. Semi-transparent stains may require two coats. Most stains last 2-5 years depending on the severity of the weather and climate. Before re-staining, be sure to clean dirt deposits and other debris off with a pressure washer or scrub brush.
For more tips about how to care for your wood fence, contact Fence Central, your source for fences in Haines City, Florida.