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Staining Your Wooden Fence: Pro Tips

Fences are what separate the outside world from the land you own. Not only does it mark what is yours, providing safety and security to your humble abode, but also beautifies your yard. Wood fences are great, but they can’t really hold their own against moisture. To deal with this, homeowners stain their fences. Not only does it combat moisture, it is also a cost-effective layer of defense from just about every type of damage that plagues one’s pickets.

So how do you go about staining your fence? Here’s how:

  1. Check Lumber Durability

The last thing you want is finishing a staining process only to have your fence break a day later. Make it a habit to examine your wood before you do anything to it. If it’s damaged or in a lesser state, make sure to run maintenance—fix it, replace anything that needs replacing, tighten screws and loose areas. Only then should you begin the staining process.

  1. Clean up your Fence

Now that your fence is in good shape, it’s time to clean it. Scrape off any dirt, moss, and debris that may have found their way on your fence. If there’s mold growing on the wood, spray a strong detergent on it to kill it and prevent future infestations. If you’re using wood cleaner, make sure you apply it evenly throughout the entirety of your fence line. Once you’re done, allow your fence to dry before moving to step 3.

  1. The Staining Process

Now we can begin staining. This part shouldn’t be too tough; all you need is a brush and wood stain (you can also use a roller or a spray as well.) Put a coat of wood stain on your brush and start going back and forth until you cover every exposed area. It’s important to apply the coat evenly so as to not have blotchy areas and puddles. If areas like these do occur, make use of a roller to even them out. 

  1. Sit Back and Relax

After finishing, then you’re pretty much done. Allow your fence to rest for a few days and keep an eye on it to make sure the staining process goes smoothly. The rest fence should rest for a few days, 48 hours at a minimum, but the process greatly depends on the humidity of your country.

  1. Do Routine Maintenance

A week has passed since you stained your fence, maybe even a month or a year. However long it has been, it is important that you maintain your fence and its coat. Repeat step 1 and 2 every few months or so, checking durability and damages, repair/replace if needed. Clean the fence regularly so debris does not accumulate on the fence.

And there you go! That should be everything you need to know about staining your wood fences. Wood fencing is an important component of any backyard, and it is our responsibility to maintain them. Treat your fences with great care and they will stand in your yard for a very long time.


Selecting a Proper Fence For Your Property

Wooden fencing can give a rustic feel to your lawn. It has aesthetics as well as functionality, and we have been using it for as long as we can remember. But when it comes to fence installation, you might find the variety somewhat overwhelming. There’s different forms, functionalities, and things to know about each of them that you wonder if it’s worth getting a line installed in your yard at all, what with all the different stuff you have to consider.

Well, fear not, stumped house owner. When it comes to selecting fences to install in your backyard, we’re the experts. Here are a few of the most common types of fencing out there.

Cedar Wood Fencing

Now this is the type of fencing you grow old with. Your kids can be born and get married before this type of fencing bites the dust. With a life expectancy of 15-40 years (if maintained properly), cedar wood fencing will transform your backyard into a time capsule. They have natural resistances to insects, and can be very stubborn when it comes to rotting. If you’re planning on painting your fence, however, you might want to forget about cedar entirely as its strong color will take several coats to get rid of.

Oak Fencing

Ah, the classic! With over 600 species, Oakwood fencing is coveted for its astounding durability and resistances. It isn’t much to look at (or maybe some people like it this way), but apply a little bit of natural oil and you’ll find its hidden beauty shine bright under the sun. It’s best to keep the natural color of oak though as stains can ruin its grains. You’ll have a lot of fun telling your grandchildren how your oak fencing is older than their parents.

Pinewood Fencing

Pinewood is very easy to work with because it has quite a soft texture, but don’t let that fool you. Pinewood has natural resistance to shock, meaning you can batter on it all day and you won’t get anywhere (don’t do that though). It’s creamy, light shade is a lovely addition to any yard and their gains and knots give a unique appearance, so no painting required! They’re relatively cheap too, so if you have a huge lawn then pinewood fencing is your best bet.

Redwood Fencing

If you have a big budget, then by all means. Redwood fencing is all about quality, aesthetic, and practicality. With a beautiful reddish hue, any backyard will look like a king’s court. In addition to beauty, redwood fencing is also resistant to weathering, bugs, and rot, making it one of the best kinds of fencing species. So if you have a bit of pocket money to spare, then redwood fencing will give your yard a beauty makeover.

Cypress Wood Fencing

Now this one can be a little difficult to deal with. Cypress has quite the odor that can be irritating to some people. The species can also be quite a strain to your wallet. On the upside, it’s natural resistances easily makes it one of the most long-lasting wood types, and its coarse texture and yellowish-brown hue makes it blend easily into any backyard it is installed in. Quite a chore to work with, but the pay-offs are definitely worth the effort.

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