Update for 2018: Best New Wood Fence Stain
Since we published this article, some new stains have been introduced. We recommend you browse our site with honest reviews for recommendations for the best new wood fence stain. We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your fence stain projects.
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A new fence can add many benefits to your property. It can add curb appeal, increase your home’s value, provide privacy, help keep small children and pets safe, and so on. A new fence can be quite the investment so protecting it is a good idea. Applying a weatherproof stain to your new fence will ensure it looks good and lasts for many years.
A new fence will need to dry for several months before it can be sealed. New wood is pretty green, meaning it has a lot of moisture in it. After several months of being in the wind and warm sun, it will be ready for staining. Be sure to wash and prep the wood correctly prior to stain application.
To choose a new fence stain, consider the look you want. Fence stains can add to the natural beauty of the wood. The best stain for added appeal without masking the wood grain is a semi-transparent stain. These stains will add a little tone to the wood but won’t hide the wood’s natural beauty. The added pigment ensures plenty of UV protection to protect against fading and discoloring.
Semi-transparent stains like Armstrong Clark or Timber Oil are designed to penetrate the density of new wood. Not all stains will have these penetrating abilities. New wood is denser than aged wood so finding the right new fence stain is crucial. These new fence stains also help condition the wood so as it loses its natural oils they are replenished to keep the wood from drying out, which can lead to cracking, splitting, and splintering.
A new fence stain should last several years. Because a fence is vertical it does not take as much abuse as a deck floor. While maintenance on a deck can be every other year, a fence should be maintained every 3-4 years. A light wash and recoat is all that is necessary to keep it maintained.
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