If you have a home with a garden, you are also likely to have a fence. A fence is generally made out of wood, which means maintenance is regularly required. Staining the fence, therefore, is a regular necessity. What are some of the most common mistakes that people who stain their fences encounter? Problem number one is that people don’t stain their fence often enough. There are no rules in terms of how often you should stain your fence, but rather that this depends on the type of wood that your fence is made of and what sort of environment you live in, both of which you need to look into. Problem number two is when people don’t realize that there are legalities surrounding fence staining. In many states and counties, laws regulate the color that fences can be. You also have to consider the opinion of your neighbors in terms of keeping the peace, and in terms of the fact that at least one part of your fence belongs to your neighbors.
There are also problems with the actual way of staining. Color mistakes are some of the most common problems. Most of us are always looking for bargains, which means that we end up purchasing stains from different manufacturers every time we do it. Sometimes, the two types look exactly the same on the tin, but the end result is actually very different. Of course, had you planned on only staining a few of your panels, then you may find this a real problem. Also, because the bottom coat and the top coat are different, the end result when dry is completely different once again. The only possibility to stop this from happening is to either always order the same brand, or to keep a little bit and ask an expert to mix paint in that exact color.
Finally, many people find their stain goes blotchy once applied. It is hard to avoid these issues when the fence starts to get a bit old. You fence starts to wear down, which means that it warps, cracks and chips, and this tends to become more visible when you stain it. The only real solution is to properly sand your fence down before you stain it. Unfortunately, however, this is a very time-consuming thing to do and most people prefer to avoid it. Naturally, it doesn’t help that we can easily call our fences rustic, and pretend we really like it that way. These are some of the biggest mistakes homeowners make in terms of staining their fence. As there are many other possible mistakes as well, it is clear that doing good research before undertaking the job is really important. After all, an ugly fence makes an ugly house.