Painting or staining your wood fence are both effective methods of protecting it against the exterior conditions and adding a little beauty to it. Either option can increase the lifespan of your fence and slow insect invasion, soft rot and wear and tear.
Fence staining is probably the most recommended form of fence refinishing in the Woodlands, but still, we see plenty of painted fences around, and they look stunning. Each of them has its pros and cons, and homeowners decide based on their unique situations. Let’s have a quick look at each option:
Stain generally gets absorbed into the wood and doesn’t form a film on the painted surface. It also allows the wood character, such as grains and knots to show through, with minimum or no alteration to the wood color. They’re also available in transparent to solid options, depending on your preference.
As hinted above, most painters and homeowners prefer staining over painting. This is because stain gets absorbed deep into the wood unlike paint and it requires much less maintenance. The best part about stain is that it ages gracefully and relatively uniformly. They will typically just fade off without the sings of peeling, cracking, flaking or bubbling.
Surface preparation is also less intensive when re-staining a fence since you don’t have to do all the sanding, peeling and scrapping. You will, however, need to re-stain more often to restore the fading stain. Staining also offers less surface protection compared to paint, and if you want a little more protection, you might have to opt for the solid stains. However, if you really want to show off those grains and knots in the wood, you should consider semi-transparent stains.
Fence painting is also another viable option of protecting your fence. Unlike stain, paint forms a solid film on the surface and tends to offer superior protection against the elements. With high-quality paint and regular touch-ups, your fence paint job could last up to three years before requiring a full repaint. You also have a wide range of colors to choose from, so you can blend your fence color into your overall home color theme.
Paint is also great at covering surface imperfections, which makes it the best option for refinishing older fences. One of the reasons paint fencing isn’t so popular is that it requires a lot of maintenance due to paint peeling, cracking and bubbling. For this reason, you might actually need to repaint every after three years to keep it looking tip-top.
Also, keep in mind that once you do need to repaint, you will have to scrape off all of the existing paint, prep the surface for new paint, and then finally repaint. This requires a lot of time and effort, and in the end, it might cost you more. So when you decide to go for painting as your option for fence refinishing in the Woodlands, keep those few downsides in mind.
Fence refinishing is an important practice if you want your fence to keep looking good and last longer. Both painting and staining, as you can see, are viable refinishing options. But fence staining seems to win in most cases due to the ease of application, low maintenance cost and the ability to be absorbed into the wood.
But if your fence is older with surface imperfections, you need more superior surface protection or simply want a wider range of color options, fence painting might be your best option. If you need professional help refinishing your fence, Streamline Painting & More would be glad to help. Simply give us a call 936-718-8354 today so we can discuss your project.