When to Stain a Fence After Installation

An expertly stained wood fence with a red-brown color If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of home or business owner, you know how important it is to perform ample research before taking on a new project. For instance, staining a wood fence, though it may seem simple, requires close attention to detail and proper timing. While you might be eager to get started, the first thing you need to do is wait.

When Should You Stain Your Fence?

Timing is one of the most important factors involved with staining a wood fence. You’ll need to wait until the wood is completely dry. Otherwise, the stain will not properly adhere to the surface. This can take one month or several months depending on the wood species and the local weather conditions. You can test to see if your fence is dry by putting a little water on it—if it beads or pools, the fence is not yet dry. Instead, the water should absorb into the wood.

On the other hand, waiting too long can also be problematic. If your fence is exposed to the elements for longer than necessary, you might need to sand or wash it before you can apply the stain.

Why Stain Your Fence?

When it comes to a wood fence, a stain or sealant can enhance its appearance and improve its long-term durability following installation. As beautiful as wood is, it’s generally not immune to the elements—wood fences can sustain damage from:

  • Swelling or contracting in different humidity levels
  • The sun’s UV rays
  • Mold, rot, or decay
  • Pest infestations

Staining your fence can help prevent these issues, keeping it strong and beautiful for years to come.

Reach Out With Any Questions

Knowing when to stain a wood fence is both art and science. If you’re interested in an expert opinion about whether or not your fence is ready for a stain, reach out to the fence experts at Builders Fence Company. We’d be happy to help!

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