Whether you’re building a new fence or maintaining an old one, the process of staining your fence should not be ignored or taken lightly. Protecting your fence from harmful variables is critical if you want to save your money and time. Learn about the benefits of fence staining and just how easy it really is to DIY, below:
Prolong the Lifespan of Your Wood
Stains and seals act as a protective seal for your wood. With this protection, the overall resale value of your property will increase. Sealing your wood will also ensure water and mold resistance, a useful trait especially in Colorado. Stains also protect your fence from harmful UV rays that can change the color of your wood. You can start with a nice mahogany color, but by not adding stains that mahogany will change to a grey in a few years (depending on where you live and the amount of sun exposure).
With the extreme weather highs and lows that are present in Colorado, staining your fence will result in an occasional re-stain every year or so; but you will never have to replace the entire fence! Overall, staining your fence will ensure that your property value increases as well as saving your time by not having to perform as much maintenance.
Is Staining a Fence easy?
You bet! Think of applying a stain the same way you would go about painting any other fence. You can use a brush, roller, or even a sprayer to apply the stain; whichever method used is up to your preference. Keep applying the stain until you’ve reached a nice, even coat, working your way from one board to the next. Also, to prevent uneven dripping, paint from top to bottom. The entire process shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, depending on how big your fence is. A very simple process, anyone from an inexperienced DIYer to a full time contractor can achieve a clean, professional look that will last for a few years.
At this point you may be asking, “What kind of stains are available?” or “What kind of stain would best to fit my project?”
Like other home project decisions, choosing the right stain is based on YOUR preference. A big factor in this decision process comes down to visibility of the wood’s grain. A desire for no visible grain would lead to a more densely coated, or opaque, stain. There are also transparent stains, which will protect the wood while giving full visibility of the grain. You can also choose to buy a semi-transparent stain, which would result in a happy medium between opaque and transparency. So choose a stain that best fits the style you are trying to achieve!
We believe in saving our client’s money.
Staining your own fence, rather than hiring a contractor, will ultimately save you money. If one gallon of stain runs around $100, and each gallon can effectively cover 150-250 square feet, then for any standard fence project the price of doing it yourself will end up around 300-400 dollars….On just materials! You would have to spend at least double that if hiring a contractor for labor costs. We’ll make sure that you save as much money as possible, while still having the highest quality fence. Contact us with any questions you may have concerning fences, stains, or anything else for your home project; we’re more than happy to help you.