Choosing the Right Finish for Your Wood Fencing Austin TX

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Wood Fencing Austin TX

Are you thinking about installing wood fencing Austin TX? You may know the height and style of your fence, but have you decided on a finish? In general, you have three finish options for fencing: bare wood, staining, and paint. All of these options have different levels of durability.

Bare Wood Fencing Austin TX

Bare wood is a bit inaccurate, as wood for fences have already been chemically and heat treated. That means that it’s not like simply putting bare wood out to the elements: the wood is likely to last decades itself, without any type of finish.

Bare wood is the cheapest option, but it may not be desirable if you’re using cheap wood that has an unattractive grain pattern. If your fence’s wood is attractive, on the other hand, you may want to show it off by leaving it either bare or stained.

Stained Wood Fencing 

Staining your wood fencing is a good way to easily alter its appearance wile still keeping its grain pattern. Staining isn’t going to protect the wood as much as paint, as it simply sinks into the wood itself. But it is still visually pleasing.

The challenge with staining is that the staining has to be done very carefully. If you stain incorrectly, it can look blotchy and uneven. Over time, the stain will also need to be reapplied, because it will wash away. Staining can darken wood and tint it, but it cannot lighten it.

Painted Wood Fencing Austin TX

If you really want to dramatically alter the appearance of your fence, you can paint it. “White wash” white painted fences are, of course, very popular, but other bolder colors can also be used to emphasize aspects of your home’s design. Paint is often easier to apply than staining, because it doesn’t have to be perfect. Premium paints can cover imperfections, smoothing them over and making them look uniform.

Painted wood fencing may be more difficult to maintain than stained wood, as the paint can chip and stain and will eventually need to be re-applied. However, the paint will also protect the actual wood from damage, which means the fence itself may last longer.

Not sure which finish you want for your wood fencing Austin TX? You can go down to a local showroom to compare different styles. In general, bare wood fencing is going to be the cheapest option. Stained wood and painted wood both give your fences a more contemporary, bolder feel, but may also be more expensive to install.

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