Are you thinking about mixing up your home style or updating the exterior? Keep in mind these benefits as you decide whether or not to stain your fence.
Painting Vs. Staining
Consider the following when deciding to paint or stain your fence. Wood materials absorb stain much deeper than paint. Paint will chip and peel while stains only fade over time. Cedar is a particularly popular choice for many wood fences in Austin because it’s less prone to warping. However, painting a cedar fence is counterproductive as the paint doesn’t mesh with cedar. A thick coat of paint does not allow the cedar to breathe and can cause peeling or even reduce how long your fence lasts. This is why we recommend staining over painting for wood fences.
You may also be surprised to know with staining you are not limited by the natural color of your fence material. There are stains in a variety of colors including even indigo, peach, and yellow. However, if you do just want to bring out the natural beauty of a wood material there are stains that will let your wood take center stage.
Cost wise compared to painting, you won’t have to re-stain your fence anywhere near as often as painting it.
Staining Acts as Protection
Staining your fence will provide an additional layer of protection against wood warping due to moisture and heat. It also helps to fend off rot, insects and other major wear and tear. This gives your fence a longer shelf life. Keep in mind you will need to plan to reapply stain once every 3 to 5 years.
Looking to have your fence stained or re-stained? For Austin area homeowners, contact us today.