Imagine this: your fence is structurally sound and just as you want it. It offers you all the security and privacy you could ever ask for. It’s in great condition, and there’s no reason to replace it. However, you really just don’t love the color of the wood and are thinking about staining it. Fence staining is a fairly simple process that can completely alter the look of your wooden fence, but there are some common mistakes we see that you should be sure to avoid.
Once you have your new fence installed, it may be easy to neglect getting the staining done. After all, you’re getting what you need from your fence, so why bother with fence staining? As great as staining may look, it also has the practical purpose of helping protect the wood from the elements. Lumber these days can crack when it dries out after installation, so it’s important that you get it installed between two and six weeks after it’s constructed. After all, waiting too long for fence staining may mean that your wooden fence is going to be neglected, become grey, develop cracks, or start to warp.
Not Enough Prep
It’s important to put in enough effort to guarantee that your finish is going to have the best look and feel possible. If you’ve neglected to get your wooden fence stained, it may have little black speckles dotting the surface—which is actually mold. Alternatively, you may see some green, which is algae. That all needs to be removed, or your staining job won’t stick. Clean up the area and for the duration that you’re going to be applying the stain, make sure you’ve cleared the area of grass and any other shrubbery.
The Wrong Products
You don’t want to ruin all that hard work with an inferior product. Be sure you choose a stain that is high-quality, and typically people go with an oil-based stain if you’re staining a deck for the first time. If you’re fixing an older, already-stained deck, a water-based stain might be more desirable. Those are just general rules however, you’ll want to talk to an expert installer to figure out what staining option is right for you.
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