If your home has a wooden fence, there's a good chance you will need to stain or paint it at some point. After all, wooden fencing generally needs to be re-finished about once every five years to keep it protected and sealed from the elements. If you're preparing to stain or paint a wood fence on your property, there are a few things you should know before you get started.
1. Start With a Thorough Power Washing
First of all, be aware that you should never paint or stain over an existing finish without thoroughly cleaning and power washing the wood. You can rent a power washer at your local home improvement store to get the job done. Just be careful not to use too much pressure, as you could end up damaging your fence. Once your fence is cleaned and power washed, allow at least a day for the wood to dry out.
2. Consider Replacing or Repairing Boards
If your fence is newer and has been well maintained, you'll probably be able to skip this step. However, if you have an older wooden fence with rotting or otherwise damaged boards, you might want to consider replacing these (or having them replaced by a fencing company) before moving forward. Painting or staining over a rotten board will only cover up the problem for so long, after all.
3. Decide on the Right Stain for Your Needs
There are many different paint and stain options available for wooden fencing, so you'll want to do your research to find out which option best suits your needs and budget. If you want a finish that will last as long as possible without chipping or needing replaced, paint will probably be your best option. On the other hand, a semi-transparent stain provides a more natural look.
4. Don't Forget to Check the Weather
Before applying a paint or stain, be sure to check the instructions on the can. Most paints and stains need to be applied in specific weather conditions, such as low humidity and certain temperatures. You'll also want to check the weather closely to make sure there isn't any rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours after you complete the job.
Painting or staining your wooden fence is a great way to breathe new life into it while protecting it from the elements. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind along the way. If you want to install a wooden fence or have your fence replaced, contact a fencing company, such as Rainier Fencing & Decking, today.