Should You Paint or Stain Your Wood Fence?

wood-fence1Perhaps your wood fence is starting to show some wear and tear, or maybe you just moved into a new home and had a fence installed by a Houston fence company and want to protect the wood. Either way, an application of paint or stain will do the trick. However, deciding which one of these methods to use can stop you in your tracks. Fortunately, this article will help you decide by providing you with many of the pros and cons for each method.

Painting Your Wood Fence

The most obvious advantages to painting a fence is that it is less expensive, and you will have more colors to choose from. The amount of time that it takes paint to be applied and dry is relatively short although this time frame is multiplied by how many coats you want to apply. Painting also provides a thicker barrier against the elements. This can be especially important for a Houston fence and fences located in similar climates.

Unfortunately, this type of weather can also cause a fence in the Woodlands TX or in similar southern communities to require periodic maintenance as it will chip and peel. Also, the effort that it takes to prepare to paint your fence is more extensive than using a stain.

Staining Your Wood Fence

Many home owners enjoy being able to see the grain of the wood and the more rustic, woodsy look that a wood fence has after it has been stained. Unlike paint, wood stain is absorbed into the wood and will not chip or peel as it slow fades as time passes. The method for applying the stain is also quicker than painting as you do not need to prime the wood, and fewer coats are required, usually just one or two.

There are a few disadvantages to staining your fence starting with the fact that the staining process is more expensive. Even though stain costs less per gallon than paint, you will most likely need more of it to finish the job because the stain is absorbed into the wood. There are also fewer colors to choose from. However, the selection of colors is still varied as this list includes gray, red and different shades of brown.

No matter which method you use, your fence will surely look beautiful once you are finished. You will also be preventing damage caused by insects or the elements and extending its life.

Before you decide on a color, make sure to test out samples on either some scrap wood or even a small section of your fence to ensure that it is exactly the color that you want your entire fence to look like.

It is also important to check the weather as you want it to be as dry as possible in the days leading up to and following the painting or staining of your fence. Fortunately, once you are finished, your fence will then have a barrier against rain and humidity. It is also essential to paint or stain when it is cooler than 90 degrees. If you are doing this in the winter, ensure that it is at least 40 degrees before you start. Also, make sure to cut or otherwise remove any grass, branches or vines that have crept up to your fence to ensure that it receives even coats.