Wood fencing is great for adding safety and privacy to your property while improving your yard’s appearance. But overtime weather, moisture and time all take a toll. Mildew and dirt build up, color fades and your fence starts to look worn. Luckily Chamblee Fence is here to help with more than 50 years of experience serving Georgia residents fence needs. We want to help you keep your wood fence looking great year round.
To keep your wood fence looking great, Chamblee Fence recommends staining the wood on a regular basis. How regularly? Well it really depends on a lot of factors but a good way to test if your fence ready is for a fresh stain is to take a little water and put it on your fence. If the water beads up, the fence isn’t ready to stain. If the wood absorbs the water, keep reading because your fence is ready to stain.
Some people prefer to paint their fence rather than staining it. And while there are of benefits to painting your wood fence, at Chamblee Fence we feel staining your fence is the most efficient and effective way to maintain a wood fence’s look and feel for the long term.
Benefits of Staining Your Wood Fence in Atlanta, GA
- Stain absorbs into wood better than paint so the color simply fades with time rather than chipping and peeling.
- Protects your fence from powerful U.V. rays and the hot Georgia sun.
- Keeps your natural color safe and looking great.
- Repels water and waterproofs your wood fence.
- Extends the life of your wood fence.
- Protects your fence from damaging mold, mildew and fungus.
- Prevents your fence from cracking and splitting.
- Restores your wood fence to looking and feeling new.
Power wash your fence first to prevent damage
It’s important to thoroughly clear any debris before staining your fence. Here’s some tips to power washing your fence.
- Begin farther away from the fence (about a foot or so) and slowly work closer to prevent damage. Once you find a suitable distance from the fence, remain at that distance and stay consistent through the rest of the power wash.
- Power wash slowly and keeping a consistent pace and distance throughout.
- If you’re fence has any mildew, mold or algae add a little bleach into the solution during the power wash.
- Rinse thoroughly, make sure to get all of the dirt off the fence before you start to stain.
Check your fence and gather supplies before staining
- Check your fence thoroughly for cracked, decayed, rotted or contaminated wood. If the wood is too damaged, do not stain it right away. Try cleaning the wood and if it’s still too damaged consider replacing it.
- Remove contaminates on the surface of your wood fence. If your fence is covered in dirt, mildew or stains look into a good wood cleaner. If the fence is discolored or rusted, find a wood brightener to repair the surface.
- Choose your brushes carefully. Staining brushes are different from regular painting brushes, they’re larger with wider base of bristles. A quality brush can speed up the process and make sure everything comes out looking great the first time.
- Research your stain of choice to find the right color for your fence. Remember, stain will fade so it’s important to consider how the color will look over time. Chamblee Fence recommends using oil-based stains over water-based since they last much longer.
- Check the weather forecast to find a few days with optimal weather for staining. It’s best to work on your fence when temperatures are relatively mild and humidity is low to moderate. The best temperatures for applying stains are between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cover all bricks, siding and other outdoor materials around that you don’t want to accidently get stain on.
- Trim grasses and bush to keep moisture away from the bottom of the fence.
Staining your Atlanta, GA Fence
- Test out your stain on a piece of scrap wood to make sure you like the color.
- Sand out uneven parts of the fence to make sure there is an even texture throughout.
- Stain can be applied with a brush, roller or sprayer. Choose the option that is best for you, just make sure wood surfaces are fully saturated.
- Work the stain evenly into the fence grain and generously into the knots.
- Check for drips while going over each area, make sure to smooth them out.
- Use full brush strokes, working up and down one board at a time and follow the grain of the wood.
There’s a lot that goes into staining your wood fence and to make sure you have all the tools you need here’s a list of items to make sure to get before starting the project:
- Drop cloths – to cover any outdoor furniture, brick or wood that you don’t want to get stain on.
- Weed trimmer – to trim grass and weeds underneath the fence to make sure moisture doesn’t get on the fence.
- Safety glasses and mask – to protect you from the chemicals in the stain.
- Pressure washer – to clean your fence before staining.
- Stain – Chamblee Fence recommends using an oil-based stain.
- Roller (optional)
- Sprayer (optional)
- Touch-up brush – to evenly stain uneven parts of the fence’s surface.
Need help maintaining, replacing or installing a wood fence in the Atlanta, GA area? Contact the fence professionals at Chamblee Fence today!