Spring is here and that means summer is right around the corner. That means now is a great time to perform some fence maintenance before that summer heat kicks in. If you have a wooden fence, it may be time to freshen up your stain, paint, or sealant. However, a question many homeowners have is: should I stain both sides of my fence?
Staining the Outside
Some homeowners may only want to stain the outside of their fence. If their fence is visible from the front, they’ll want it to match the aesthetic of their exterior design. Staining the outside will also add curb appeal. Additionally, if you have next-door neighbors, there is a likelihood that they would rather look at a nicely stained fence.
Staining the Inside
Other homeowners may only want to stain the inside of their fence. This is because that is the side they are most often looking at. Whenever they spend time in their yard, they’ll have to look at their fence. Although some enjoy the natural look of a wooden fence as it ages, it is not for everyone.
Staining Both Sides
In actuality, you should be staining both sides of your fence. Not only will it be more aesthetically pleasing to all parties involved, it will help your wooden fence last longer. As the days continue to get longer and the sun beats down a little harder, sun protection should be on your mind. Just like how you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, stain can help protect your fence from the those harmful rays. Stain can also protect your fence from insect infestation and rot. You wouldn’t apply sunscreen to only half of your arm or part of your leg.
Keep in mind, new fences should not be stained right away. Wet wood will not allow the stain to properly penetrate and protect the wood. To make sure your fence is ready to stain, you can pour a few droplets of water onto it. If it beads up, the wood is too wet. However, if the water soaks into the wood, then it’s ready for stain. Generally, wooden fences will need to be stained every two to three years.
If you notice your wooden fence is requiring more and more maintenance every year, it may be time to install a new one. Here at Clarksville Fencing, we have lots of great, low maintenance options for your next fence. Request a quote today!