As lumber dries, the natural oils in the wood dry up, too, and lumber becomes brittle and susceptible to warping, twisting, & cracking. Unsealed lumber allows water intrusion, this causes rapid and uneven drying of the wood. This makes the warping, cupping, cracking, & twisting worse, and creates a breeding ground for mold which is unsightly and leads to rot.
So you got a new fence, and now you have a few questions. Paint or Stain?
Won’t my fence age over time? Do I have to seal it somehow?
It is advantageous to the life of the fence to protect it with some sort paint or stain and sealant. Since pressure treated pine is only protected from rot and bug infestation, it still has a strong tendency to warp.
There are three basic options for “finishing” a fence: Painting, Staining, or leaving it natural.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each option. We are here to help you decide which route is the best for you!
When comparing fence painting and staining services, it’s essential to understand the differences between the two processes. While both are designed to protect your fence from the elements and restore its beauty, they have some critical differences that you need to be aware of before choosing one over the other.
The primary difference between paint and stain is that fence stain is formulated to penetrate the wood, preserving the wood’s natural beauty by allowing the wood grain to show through.
Paint, on the other hand, is formulated to cover up the wood surface completely.
Another key difference is that stain wears away gradually and accommodates re-coating very easily.
We recommend staining for most fences. While paint can look beautiful at first, the difficult maintenance makes it a less viable option.
Painting fences was more popular before there were so many options for stains. Painting does require a lot of maintenance. If you do decide to go ahead and paint your fence, you can expect to have to repaint it every 1-2 years, as paint does tend to crack and peel.
Stain wins over paint most of the time, and that’s because it requires so much less maintenance than paint. It may be a higher cost initially, but you will not need to re-stain over and over again.
Eventually the stain will fade and need to be redone, but not nearly as frequently as paint. Stain does not peel or crack, so it requires way less preparation than repainting.
Wood paint is formulated to cover up the wood surface completely, it does tend to crack and peel after a 1-2 year period. this is the most cost effective way to add a color shade to your new or existing fence.
Wood stain is a type of paint used to add color to wood. It differs from traditional paint in that stain soaks into the wood. Best over all.
There are two types of stains available, Oil based stains and Water based stains.
Wood sealer products are intended to extend the life of wood products by creating a moisture barrier around the wood.
By sealing the wood, you make it more resistant to mold and mildew.
The color of wood fence stain products are created from pigments.
pigments are finely ground colorants added to various compounds to color all kinds of products from plastics to inks to foods and paints.
Some pigments are made from natural materials, such as iron oxide, while others are synthetically made.
Pigments differ from dyes in that pigments retain insoluble properties while in “suspension” within a liquid compound – whereas dyes are “dissolved” in liquid.
TRANSPARENT/ TRANSLUCENT stains are the "lightest" stains. They are perfect for newer wood to add color and protection while allowing the maximum amount of wood grain to show through.
SEMI-TRANSPARENT stains are great for new wood, or moderately aged wood. It has a little more color pigment to help make slightly older fences look beautiful again.
SEMI-SOLID and SOLID stains work fantastic on wood of all ages. Due to the very high amount of color pigments, these stains are your best bet on extremely aged wood.
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We’ll be happy to come out to your property, give you an assessment of the work involved, and provide you with a competitive price for your project.