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Should I Paint or Stain My Fence?

Should I Paint or Stain My Fence?

Can’t decide if you should paint or stain? Consider the following!

If your fence is starting to look a little dull and you’re thinking of ways to bring it back to its original beauty and life, painting or staining your fence will do the job. But, are you stuck on which way to go? There are many advantages to either solution, and they’ll both make your fence look like new again. However, when it comes to fences, you want the solution to not only be beautiful but long lasting and low maintenance. Those two benefits give staining your fence the edge over paint. Here are all the reasons why.


Many people may choose to paint their fence because of the color variety and thick, protective barrier that paint creates between your fence and environmental factors. Paint on fences, however, will chip, which will cause you having to regularly patch over places on the fence and create some inconsistencies in the overall look. Staining offers better longevity because it won’t chip and won’t need to be touched up nearly as often as paint.


Stain allows you to maintain a classic look on wood fences. It helps preserve the rustic nature of wood as most types allow the grain to still be visible through the stain, regardless of the tone that you choose. If you’d prefer a more modern look, solid stain covers the grain of the wood, similar to paint. You also won’t need as many coats for staining as you would with paint.


Although the color options for paint may seem limitless when compared to staining, there is actually a wide variety of options with staining as well. It’s suggested that you test out a small sample of stain on one spot on your fence to ensure that you’re happy with your choice. You can use a lighter tone or deeper, richer color depending on what will complement your landscaping and the exterior colors of your home the best. You will choose from oil stain, latex, semi-transparent, or solid stain.


There are a few different techniques you can use to apply stain to your fence. A rough surface roller will provide the smoothest application. Make sure that the fence is completely dry before you begin. Also, the temperature should be at least 50 degrees and allow for a few days without rain to allow the stain to dry completely.

Hercules Fences Is Here to Help

No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.

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