Most people either stain or paint wooden fences, both offering a pleasing color and the protection needed to prevent damage to the wood. If you are not sure whether stain or paint is the best option for your fence, consider these benefits of painting your fence.
EXCELLENT PROTECTION FOR FENCES
Paint is what protects most homes from the elements and it makes sense to use it for your fencing as well. A quality coating of paint will give your fence a layer of protection from the wind, sun, and rain for many years, preventing premature rot. Wood on its own does not last long in the elements. Paint can ensure that the wood is sealed and will extend the life of your fencing and protect your investment.
A good quality latex paint is perfect for fencing. Depending on the fence, you may need a coat of primer first to get the best adhesion and to obtain the best finish. But once it is completed, your fence will have an excellent barrier against the elements and a clean, professional appearance.
The problem with stain is there are only varieties of wood hues to choose from, while paint can be any color you choose. When you choose paint for protecting your fence, you get a full rainbow of colors that you can use. You can opt for a classic white fence or match your fencing to the accents on your house. Maybe paint your fence and garage doors the same color or match your fence to the trim. Using color can make your fence unique and add to the curb appeal of your home.
One of the best benefits of painting your fence is that once it is done, you can relax and enjoy it for years to come. Stain may need to be resealed every year and reapplied every few years. With paint, you may not need to repaint for five years or more. Consider how long the paint on homes lasts; when quality paint is used, exterior paint can last 10 years or more.
The only maintenance needed for painted fences between paintings is cleaning, which all fences will require. A gentle washing with a garden hose can remove dirt and grime that accumulates without harming the paint.
PAINTING YOUR FENCE IS ECONOMICAL
Since staining needs to be done more often and also requires sealing, it tends to be more expensive than painting. Stain can also require two or more coats, which can cost more in product and in labor. Painting your fence is usually less expensive since it lasts longer and can take less time to complete.
YOU CAN PAINT OVER STAIN
Even if you already have a fence with stain, you can choose to switch to paint when it comes time to add more stain. If you are tired of constantly needing to seal or stain your fence, make the switch to paint. You do not need to strip stain to paint over it; just clean the surface and you are ready to begin painting. This is a great way to give your home and property a new look and begin enjoying the benefits of a painted fence.
PAINTING IS TRENDY
If you want a modern, trendy look for your home, painting your fence can give you a unique look. There are so many stained fences, yet when you see a bright, painted fence, it stands out. An old fence can look new again with painting and add an elegant touch to your home and property. Your painted fence can make your property unique in your neighborhood and improve the overall style of your home.
UNLESS IT RAINS, YOU CAN PAINT
Stain can be finicky in certain weather conditions but unless it rains, you can paint. Staining requires the right temperatures and 2-3 dry days to allow the stain to adhere. In Arizona, we have plenty of dry, sunny days to complete painting projects outside and you only need one of them to complete your fence-painting project. A fence can be painted in just a few hours, depending on the size, and you do not need to worry too much about the weather getting in your way.