A wood fence of any style will add value to your home. Whether decorative or privacy, split rail or stockade, your fence is an investment that is worth the time to research and plan. So, after it is installed, take the time to protect it from the elements.
Most new fence owners question whether paint or stain is the better choice for protection against rot, mold, insects, heat from the sun and freezing temperatures. The cost is pretty similar—a gallon of stain is cheaper than a gallon of paint, but you need more stain to cover the same area.
Either paint or stain for your wood fence is better than leaving the wood bare and unprotected, but there are a few things to consider before making your decision as to which is better for you.
Your decision should be based on the look you want, the amount of time you have for maintenance and the type of wood used for your fence. Even pressure treated wood should be protected. Check with your fencing expert for guidance on how long to wait before staining or painting your new fence. For any fence, you should wait at least a month to let the wood dry. For pressure treated wood it is often recommended waiting 3 to 4 months before painting or staining.
Thomas Fence uses cedar for all its wood fencing. Contact us today for a free estimate on a new wood fence for your yard.
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