Summer is here, and there is plenty of hot weather on its way. It will get very warm in some districts, and a lot of time will be spent in the yard. Along with all the fun, it is also time to bring new life to the fence with a coat of stain.
At Fence Armor®, it’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to fence maintenance and fence post protection. The long winter months are harsh on a wood fence. If your summers have a lot of sunshine, then the fence will need plenty of care. If your fence is starting to look cracked, faded, or the stain is beginning to peel, then the wood is exposed.
Now is the time to protect it with a fresh coat of stain and bring new life to the fence. If you protect and care for the fence, it will survive plenty of cold winters and hot summers. On the other hand, neglect it, and you will be installing a new one in a few short years.
We put together a brief guide on popular stains for when you want to bring new life to the fence. While there are other stains to choose from, these remain the three most popular, and each has its pros and cons. Generally, the decision on which stain to use comes down to personal preference and maintenance requirements.
Solid or Opaque Color Stains for faded wood
A great way to bring new life to the fence. The solid or opaque stains add color to a plain wood or maybe one that has had too much sun. Faded wood loses all its color and can look gloomy in the garden.
Overall, a solid stain typically holds up for at least three to eight years. It also offers the most weather resistance. They are also great for their high-hide effect. You can choose from a range of colors, and each one has its merits.
Watch on of our videos to find out more about stain colors for your fence.
Semi-Transparent Stains bring up the grain
If your fence has a fine grain to show off, then a semi-transparent stain is a wise choice. Semi-transparent stains allow the wood grain to come through, making them an excellent pick for cedar and redwood fences. They are easy to apply and quickly bring new life to the fence.
Semi-transparent stains do require a bit more maintenance, as they are not as weather-resistant as solid stains. You may need to do a bit of refinishing after two years, but the wood will look great after each coat. In areas of high rainfall, you may need to apply a coat of stain every year.
Transparent Stains for natural wood grain
Containing little to no pigment, this stain is ideal for showing off the natural wood grain in cedar and redwood. A transparent stain will make the fence shine in the summer sun. The fence will also keep its glow through the winter months.
When you want to bring new life to the cedar or redwood fence, using a transparent stain is a wise move. While a transparent stain contains ultraviolet inhibitors and wood preservatives, it does not have any water repellents. The problem here is that you will need to apply a coat of stain annually.
Bring new life to the fence with Stain & Seal Experts products
At Fence Armor®, we know how important it is to bring new life to the fence. We also know that a coat of stain will do that and offer fence post protection. You should only use a quality product when working on a fence. Staining the wood with a cheap alternative is a waste of time. Often you are only brushing on a coat of colored water.
What’s the point in that?
We recommend and stock Stain & Seal Experts products for all outdoor wood structures. You can use their stains on the deck, the fence, and the fence posts. If it is wood and is in the yard, then give it a coat of stain from the Fence Armor® Stain & Seal Experts range.
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