If you’ve decided to stain your wooden fence, there are several factors to consider when choosing a stain. There are two main bases for stains, oil and water. One type of stain isn’t inherently better than the other, it depends on the project and type of wood.

There are several advantages for water-based stains:

  • Dries quickly
  • Richer color hue
  • Non-flammable and no hazardous fumes
  • Mildew and mold resistant

On the other hand, oil-based stains are good if you want a deep stain. Advantages of oil-based stains include:

  • Deeply penetrates wood
  • More even finish
  • Seals and protects wood from moisture and UV light
  • Requires less long-term maintenance

For fences that are going to be directly exposed to the elements, an oil-based stain provides the greatest protection against sunlight, wind, and rain. If your fence is made from wood that naturally repels rotting, such as cedar, you may consider a water-based stain.

Fence Central wooden fences are custom-made from the highest-quality premium pressure-treated rails. Premium pressure treated wood lasts considerably longer than standard pressure treated wood and has fewer knots. For more information about our wooden fences, contact Fence Central. We serve most of Central Florida including Auburndale, Bartow, Clermont, Davenport, Haines City, Kissimmee, Lake Alfred, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Poinciana, Polk City, and Winter Haven.