Has your fence or deck turned a dull gray color? The reality is that most fences and decks look weathered and turn gray within the first year of being built. However, if they were properly sealed and coated they would have kept their color and integrity for up to ten years. If your fence or deck has turned a dull gray, there is still hope!
L&L Painting can rescue your fence or deck by cleaning, sealing, and staining them simultaneously giving them more years of life and color. L&L Painting specializes in the cleaning, sealing and staining of existing wood fences and decks that are either old or new.
Wood fences and decks provide an economical way to extend your living space and create a wonderful setting for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. However, wood fences and decks are prone to deterioration over time as both rain and sunlight work against the wood’s life cycle and can cause it to corrode, particularly in years where there is an abundance of wet weather or extreme heat. To help prolong the life of your wood fence or deck, it’s best to seal it within a year of installation.
Benefits of Sealing Decks and Fences
The best deck stains help shield the wood from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays while also waterproofing the wood so that it repels water. Sealants also help prevent cracking and splitting and protect the wood’s natural color. Ultimately, a proper sealant extends the life of the wood, meaning you can enjoy your wood deck or fence for many years as it endures the elements brought on by the natural world.
Recommended Deck and Fence Stains
There are a plethora of deck and fence stains on the market today. Choosing a product depends on how much of the wood’s natural grain you wish to show—opaque or solid treatments tend to last the longest, but you may prefer a semitransparent or clear finish if you want to showcase the wood’s natural beauty.
Below are some examples of the types of finishes available and some of the recommended options available to you. If you want to go in-depth or have additional questions, please, don't hesitate to give us a call.
Solid Deck and Fence Stains
Solid deck and fence stains typically last up to three years. If you don’t mind using a product that ends up hiding the wood grain and don’t want to re-apply a seal every year, then a solid stain may be the ideal choice for you. One caveat of these opaque materials is that they can build up a film and—just like paint—may peel, chip or crack over time.
Semi-Transparent Deck and Fence Stains
Semi-transparent products allow some of the wood grain to show through, which makes them a great choice for cedar or other types of wood whose natural finish you want to showcase on your property. They are not as weather resistant as solid treatments; you may find yourself needing to re-apply this stain after two years.
Clear Deck and Fence Stains
Clear deck and fence stains typically contain little or no pigment, along with water repellents. If your goal is to retain the natural grain of the wood, then this is the ideal stain. However, make note that over time, the wood will still turn gray. If this is the stain you prefer to use, expect to re-apply it each year.
Clear stains are ideal for showing off the natural grain of a premium wood as much as possible. Clear treatments may have ultraviolet inhibitors and wood preservatives. But with most, deck refinishing is an annual upkeep.