Should I Paint or Stain my Wood Fence?

Should I Paint or Stain my Wood Fence?

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 16:19

Stain it. (Of all the hard questions in life, isn’t it nice when there’s a simple answer?) 

Wood absorbs stain much deeper than it does paint. This means that paint, as it ages, starts to chip, peel, and appear worn, requiring immediate attention as it shows signs of wear and tear. By contrast, stain will simply fade over time, allowing you time and breathing space to restain when ready (mentally and financially). 


We’ve heard horror stories of paint peeling off fencing in less than a year. Harsh winter weather, so common in WNC, can reduce the lifetime of paint on a wood fence even more. Of course, the quality and application of the paint used also greatly affects how long the paint will last.

Take special note that if you are working with cedar, paint can actually diminish the lifetime of your fence. Paint doesn’t allow cedar to breathe, a particular necessity for this type of softwood. 

We can use transparent, semi-transparent, and solid base stains, providing different levels of coverage and looks.

Learn more about our Wood Defender fence stain service.

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