Ever daydreamed about living the American dream suburban life— complete with the classic white picket fence?
If in fact, you did, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that staining your fences is a far better option.
Wood has been around a long time, served to exist in numerous aspects of people’s lives. Timber, specifically, is wood prepared primarily for the purpose of construction and building. While it is, in a sense, manufactured— one cannot simply guarantee its aesthetic to cater to different predisposition and preference, in consideration to the fact that wood has no resolute target audience in its marketing. In light of this, saturation was used to enhance wood to appeal to an individual’s liking.
Hence, the practice of staining fences has practically been tradition. It is considered trendy to display the natural grain of the wood, polished with your choice of stain. Not only does it further complement curb appeal, but it also minimizes the maintenance tended to throughout the years, therefore making it the best choice in terms of the pigmentation of wood. If done the right way, staining can block moisture content, which in turn, can reduce damage to the wood.
I know you’re already sold. So, the question is— where do you start?
First, budget your money. Having a professional stain your fences generally costs much more than doing it yourself. But, ensuring the quality of work done, you might actually save a lot more in the long run. After all, working with a reliable fence company ensures little to no maintenance needed for a couple of years. This is recommended, especially for people living in humid and rainy areas. Hire a pro to get it done as soon as possible.
Second, make the necessary repairs before staining. Previous damage to the fence might affect the finished product, so check it first before proceeding to stain it.
Third, trim your grass (if by chance, there is). Overgrown weeds and bushes might imprint on your fence while wet with stain. So, before this, make sure it’s already out of the way.
Fourth, choose a stain that’s right for you. There are a lot of types circulating around the market. Ask your local fence company to test which stain is more advisable for the state, size and condition of your fence.
Fifth, visualize your time frame. Staining can only be done during 50˚ Fahrenheit and above, so choose when to call in your professional wisely. Stain takes about roughly two days to dry, so plan accordingly.
Sixth, prepare personal protective equipment. You’re breathing the air filled with chemicals from staining. Do yourself a favor and put on a mask, especially for those in your household with existing respiratory problems. If for some reason, you plan to be hands-on while staining— make sure to protect your hands with gloves.
If you’re looking for a sign to finally paint your drab fence— this is it. If you haven’t been convinced enough, let me tell you that unstained wood is not going to bring in house guests. Kidding aside, protection for your fence is kind of paramount. It safeguards your property in looking the best it can be despite the years. And fence staining can help you do exactly that.