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Seal, Stain, or Paint: The Wooden Fence-Owner’s Dilemma

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This comprehensive guide will help you make the right decision when it comes time to choose sealing, staining, or painting your fence.

Spring is here, and the sun is shining brightly down upon your home. The sun, while we welcome it after a long winter, can cause some damage to your wooden fence. There is a lot to know about owning a residential fence. If you want your fence to live a long life, you need to know how to maintain the wood your fence is made out of. You must decide between staining, sealing, or painting your fence. All of these will protect the wood, but there is a lot to know about each option. You know your home best, but you also know how much time and money you’re willing to spend on your fencing. This comprehensive guide will help you make the right decision when it comes time to choose sealing, staining, or painting your fence.


If you want your fence to maintain its natural appearance, a clear sealant will protect your fence while allowing the grooves of the wood to shine through. When using a sealant, it is important to check the sealant’s strength at least once a year. You can do this by administering a water test in which you sprinkle some water on the surface of your fence. If you see that it beads up, test it again in a few days. If the water is immediately absorbed into the wood, it is time to re-apply sealant.


Using an outdoor wood stain is the best way to highlight the natural beauty of your wooden fence. Also, there are many options to choose from when picking the right stain that will go with both your home and its landscaping. The frequency of your fence stain maintenance depends on wear and tear, but usually stains last up to two or three years.


Paint is a great way to protect your wooden fence from the elements, but it does come with a few drawbacks. Paint requires more maintenance than a stain or a sealant because it can chip or crack causing an eye-sore of a mess. Be prepared to manage any spots that look questionable with extra paint you can keep on-hand.


When you are ready for a residential or commercial fence that will meet the security and aesthetic needs of your family or business, trust the experts at Hercules Fence.  For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Fence online or give us a call at 800-395-9597. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.

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