How Not To Stain Your Fence

Anyone who has a garden is likely to also have a fence. More often than not, these fences are wood, which means they require a bit of maintenance One thing that regularly needs doing, therefore, is staining the fence. What are some of the most common mistakes that people who stain their fences encounter? Problem number one is that people don’t stain their fence often enough. In order to know how often you should stain your fence, you need to find out what the recommendations are in terms of the type of wood you have and the climate in your geographical area. Problem number two is when people don’t realize that there are legalities surrounding fence staining. In many states and counties, laws regulate the color that fences can be. Also, you should always have a thought for your neighbors as well, with whom you probably want to keep the peace and who own at least one part of your fence.

Staining itself can also cause numerous problems. Firstly, homeowners often make color mistakes. Because we often swap brands for price purposes, we often end up using different types of stain on our fences. Sometimes, the two types look exactly the same on the tin, but the end result is actually very different. This is a particular problem if you were only staining a few panels. Additionally, because you actually mix two types of stains, you really have no idea what the end result is going to look like. The only possibility to stop this from happening is to either always order the same brand, or to keep a little bit and ask an expert to mix paint in that exact color.

Finally, many people find their stain goes blotchy once applied. Unfortunately, as your fence ages, it becomes more and more difficult to avoid this. Small problems such as chips and cracks will start to appear, and this will be visible in your stains. The only real solution is to properly sand your fence down before you stain it. This is hugely time-consuming, so you may not be inclined to actually do this. You won’t be the first person to pretend that you were aiming for the rustic look. These are some of the more common problems homeowners face when staining their fence. There are many more, and this demonstrates the importance of doing a bit of research before you actually start on the job. The reality is that an ugly fence makes the entire property look ugly.