Is It Better to Paint or Stain a Wood Fence?

Wood fences are one of the most popular options for residential areas. These low-cost privacy fences are easy to customize with different edges, toppers, gates, and colors. However, every wood fence needs protection to keep it safe from the rainy summer months. 

In order to protect your wood fence from water damage, you need to either paint or stain the wood. Each has a unique look that may sway you one way or the other, but there are several practical pros and cons to each that can help you make your decision.

Pros and Cons of Painting a Fence

Paint is a great water barrier for your fence that also opens up options for different colors and designs. You can paint your fence to match the house, or do unique trim and post colors to make your fence stand out. While paint is an excellent protective coating for wood, it will need to be touched up every few years to ensure chips and cracks don’t allow water to seep in.

Pros and Cons of Staining 

Stains are a great option if you want to protect your wood fence with a water barrier, but don’t want to cover up its natural color and texture. Stains come in a variety of colors, from natural brown shades to greens, blues, grays, and more. However, the wood grain will show through, creating a more natural look. Stains are also easier to touch up because they don’t require stripping to add new layers. However, it is slightly more expensive and can be harder to discern when the stain is no longer an effective water barrier. 

FloriFence offers both painting and staining options for wood fencing during installation. If you’d like to learn more about which is better for your home project, call today to set up a consultation.

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