Why should I stain my fence/exterior woods?
You just finished spending between $2,000 and $6,000 on your new fence. It makes sense to protect your investment by weatherproofing your fence thereby extending the life of your fence, deck or outdoor structure up to 15 years. Many homeowner consider staining their fence to increase the curb appeal. The fence is a part of landscaping. However, staining will save homeowners money over time due to the reduced costs of repairs and potential fence replacement. By staining your fence with a quality staining product you protect your fence and exterior woods natural oils and fibers from harsh U.V. rays, mold, and mildew growth. Staining will also help prevent warping, cracking, greying, chipping, etc.
Why do I need to stain it? It’s brand new and looks just fine like it is.
Wood is organic. Mother Nature has a way of recycling all of her organic material, it’s called decay. The gray that shows up in the wood is mold and mildew rotting the structure away right before our eyes! The best time to stain and protect a fence, deck, or pergola is shortly after it’s been installed. By sealing it up before Mother Nature sets in, you can avoid the deterioration process all together and extend the life of your fence, deck, or pergola indefinitely! If left untreated your lumber will turn gray within a few short months (the average gray time is 12 to 16 months depending on how much moisture the wood encounters). The life of an untreated fence will run anywhere from 5 to 7 years (on average) before replacement becomes necessary. A well taken care of fence, deck, or pergola will maintain its integrity throughout the homeowners lifetime.
My fence is treated. Would not that protect it just as a stain would?
A treated fence is not protected from weathering. The treatment application is to prevent decay and reduce insect damage. It does not prevent against shrinkage, warping, or splitting. If stained and sealed before the deterioration process beginnings the life of your wood structure will be extend. If left unstained and unsealed, your lumber will turn gray within 8 to 12 months, depending on the moisture interaction. Most homeowners think that pressure-treated wood is protected from the elements, but they are just misinformed. Pressure-treated wood is treated to prevent against rotting and termite damage (for about 15 years). The wood and treatment does not prevent damage from the effects of weather.
How soon should I stain my new fence?
There are many answers to this question. Some will say 30 days and others 3 months. The true answer is determined by your fence. For a stain to properly absorb the stain your fence should be dry. With the use of a moisture indicator your fence can be evaluated for the level of moisture.
What if my fence or exterior wood is already grayed?
Your fence or exterior wood can be cleaned and restored to its natural wood color. Our cleaning process will remove mildew and mold growth. The cleaning solution is far less abrasive than the use of a pressure washer. Pressure washers significantly damages the wood by raising the grain, leaving streaks in the wood, and causes the structure to have pulp on the exterior. The high pressure washer has a high potential of saturating the pores which is the source of mold and mildew growth causing further damage. Proper cleaning and preparation of the wood surface is vital attaining the desired look once the staining process is completed.
Will the staining or cleaning process damage any of my property?
Throughout the entire process we take extreme care in protecting everything near the fence. It is typical for the grass along the fence line approximately up to 6” away to turn brown for a few weeks. We suggest skipping a week from cutting your lawn until after the staining process to minimize the effect on the lawn. After the staining process is complete, we clean all items close to the fence (i.e., house, windows, furniture, etc.) with a specially formulated cleaning solution made exclusively for the removal and cleaning of the stain product. This ensure that your property is properly cleaned and protected.
How long can I expect the stain to last?
This question cannot be answer without error. The life of the stain is dependent on the weather in your area. Typically the color will begin to fade in 4 to 8 years.
Why should I have my fence, deck, or pergola stained professionally?
Fence Protector Staining & Sealing only uses the highest quality commercial grade stains which are not available at any of the local home improvement warehouses. We offer two completely separate products that are uniquely and specifically formulated for their end use. One formula is specially designed for fences and the other formula for contact surfaces such as decks and playground equipment. Both of these highly durable uniquely designed staining formulas leave a uniform finish with absolutely no drips, runs, or lap marks visible, we guarantee it! The common products sold, used by most do it yourself home owners, are not oil based and do not penetrate into the lumber. Unfortunately this makes these products extremely difficult to work with and merely puts a surface film on the wood similar to a paint. This explains why these surface film forming stains peel, blister, and crack within a short period of time after their application. This explains why these surface film forming stains peel, blister, and crack within a short period of time after their application. We do all of this because one of our goals is to increase the amount of quality stained fence, decks, and pergolas in the Little Rock Metro area making this location even more beautiful!
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