3 Mistakes To Avoid When Staining Your New Wood Fence
Whether you've recently had a new wooden fence constructed on your property or are planning on having one built in the near future, the fact remains that you'll want to have your fence stained and sealed in order to keep it looking great and to protect it from the elements over time. With the right tools and know-how, you can stain your own fence and or hire a fence contractor, like Bracci Fence Inc, for the job. If you decide to stain your own fence, however, there are some big mistakes you'll want to avoid.
Staining Too Soon
First of all, understand that you probably can't stain your new wooden fence any time soon. That's because wood needs time to dry out; when your fence contractor purchased the lumber to build your fence, it likely came from a lumber yard with fresh-cut wood. This wood still has a lot of natural moisture in it that will take some time to evaporate.
If you stain and seal your fence too soon after it's installed, you'll essentially be sealing that excess moisture into the wood, which can lead to rot and discoloration. Ask your fence contractor after the project is done, and he or she should be able to tell you how long to wait before staining the fence.
Another common mistakes homeowners tend to make when taking on their own fence-staining jobs is not taking the time and care to properly clean and prepare the wood before hand. After all, since you can't stain your fence immediately after its installation, it's likely that it will have accumulated dirt and other debris over time. In order for the stain and seal to properly adhere to the wood, it will need to be thoroughly cleaned and left to dry. This can be done using a scrub brush and wood cleaner, or better yet, a power washer.
Not Checking the Forecast
Finally, do yourself a favor and check the weather forecast before you begin working on your new wood fence. Most stains and sealants require at least 24 hours to dry, so you'll want to make sure there's no rain in the forecast for the next day or so. Furthermore, most stains cannot be applied in extremely cold or hot temperatures, so be sure to read the directions on your stain and sealant label to ensure you've got ideal weather conditions before you get started.