Stain & Finish
Fences serve a lot of purposes, but because they are up permanently and seen constantly, they should also look beautiful. While fencing can be built with different patterns, to aid in aesthetic ways, a simply, yet effective, thing to do to further beautify your fencing is to stain and finish it. This will not only change the color of your fence to whatever color you’d like it to be, but it will also protect your fence from things like inclement weather and premature aging.
Staining is a lot like painting except that it isn’t completely covering up the grain in your wooden fence. Painting is made to mask over your wood slats, making them appear to be one, solid color. Stain, on the other hand, is meant to act in tandem with your wood slats; darkening or lightening the wood, while still allowing the grain to show through. Staining is a fantastic option if you are wanting to keep your wooden fence looking like its wood, but also want to alter the tone of it. Stain is easy to apply and, with proper sealing, lasts forever.
Painting a fence is another great option for changing the fences color. Unlike staining, painting does not stain the surface of the fence, rather, it completely covers the surface. Painting can be used on all fencing types, with different kinds of paint being produced for different materials being used. Painting is a great option if you want colors for a wood fence that staining cannot give you or, if you want colors for your vinyl or metal fence that vinyl and metal are typically not produced in. Painting can chip and flake and may need to be reapplied even with a good sealant.
Sealers are a great option for any fencing type and material. Sealants can be used on raw surfaces, exactly as your material comes (if you like that look) or they can be applied on top of stain and paint. Sealants help to prevent the longevity of your fence by helping to resist things like excess water and harmful UV rays. Sealants also help to protect either staining or paint. While staining is permanent, paint can and will eventually chip and peel, but with a good sealant on top of the paint, it should last for years.
Why Stain and Finish
The choice to stain and finish your fence is completely yours to make. This isn’t a necessary step to having a functioning fencing system, but it is one that we highly recommend. Because raw materials will, eventually, begin to weaken, it is a really good idea to protect them and help them to last as long as they can. Although staining and finishing does add another cost upfront, it can help to save money in the long run by preserving your fencing material. Without staining and finishing it is possible, and probable, that at some point parts of your fence will definitely need to be replaced.