Adding a fence to your Tennessee home offers several benefits, including added privacy and security as well as improved curb appeal. Unfortunately, an unstained fence or one that is in serious need of a new application of staining can become more of an eyesore than anything else. A fence in this condition also attracts mold, moisture, and insects that can cause decomposition. The good news is that staining your fence is not difficult and it can really help bring your property to life.
HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR FENCE REQUIRE STAINING?
Many industry experts recommend staining your fence at least one time every two to three years. At LCFence, we think it’s a better idea to frequently check your fence for beading to determine if it needs a new coat of stain. We recommend staining your fence if water soaks into it after precipitation rather than beading up and rolling off. It’s also important to check for cracks, chips, and general wear consistently as these also indicate that the fence requires a fresh coat of stain.
SHOULD YOU PAINT YOUR FENCE INSTEAD?
Both staining and painting a fence offer protection from insects, all type of weather, and everyday wear. While painting may cost less upfront, it does require a larger investment of time as far as maintenance is concerned. In a warm region like Tennessee, you can expect the paint to fade faster than it would in a cooler climate. Another thing to consider is that painting requires additional preparation before starting the project.
Even though staining material costs less per gallon, you need more of it to completely cover your fence. We consider this a good investment because stain absorbs into a fence better than paint does. While you can expect paint to peel and chip over time, the stain you apply today will simply fade into the fence as the years go by.
WHEN YOU’RE READY TO GET STARTED
Keep in mind that enlisting help for your staining project will make it go much faster. LC Fence also recommends that you thoroughly research several brands of stain before buying one to ensure high quality and long-lasting results. Don’t forget to consider how the color of the stain will change as your fence faces the elements and insects each day.
The ideal temperature to complete the job is between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity should be either low or moderate as well. Obviously, you want to avoid days when it’s expected to rain either during your staining time or as the stain dries. Windy days are not ideal either.
You and any helpers should wear a face mask and gloves to avoid contact with toxic fumes or sanding debris. Make sure to trim the grass so it doesn’t touch the fence. Lastly, keep wood above grass level to discourage moisture and maintain your wood fence’s seal.