At Royal Painters Edmonton, we provide customers with exterior paint solutions that have their property looking brand new again. Whether you’re looking to have your deck stained or your fence painted, we have the skills, know-how, and equipment to get the job done beautifully, on-time and on the budget!
With so many different types of wood for decks and fences taking a beating from the harshness of the Edmonton climate, it takes the expert application to properly protect these surfaces. We understand which products work best, and by working with Edmonton’s best carpenters and landscaping companies, we’ve learned what is needed to get the job done right the first time on projects ranging from decorative lattice and gazebos to trellises and custom fences.
Things to Consider When Having Fences Stained
A well-maintained wooden fence will last many years if maintained properly, but if not painted or stained every few years, they will quickly rot, look awful and will eventually fall over in heavy winds. In addition, the wood used in most natural wood fences will age and turn a greyish silver colour, which most people find unattractive. So painting or staining is required for aesthetic reasons too.
Painting a fence isn’t difficult, but doing the job properly can be time-consuming and repetitive. The work is definitely worth it, as a proper paint job won’t just give your fence a facelift, it will actually extend the life of the fence by protecting it from the elements.
The first thing to consider is whether to paint or stain your fence. Both will protect the fence against moisture and mould, but both have advantages and disadvantages. With painting, you get a wider selection of paint colours and a thicker barrier against the elements. However, the downsides are that paint finishes can start to look old pretty quick due to chipping, plus there is more work involved when it is time to paint again as the old paint has to be removed and a smooth surface prepared before the new coat can be applied. The popular view is that painting a fence will last a lot longer and may even look better, but it may not be worth all the extra effort (initially and when repainting). So, staining is much more popular unless you are looking for a particular colour.
Before you paint or stain your fence, you may want to make sure that it’s your fence to treat! Many are not entirely certain which fence is their responsibility and which is their neighbour’s. So when it comes to repairs and maintenance, you need to find out who is responsible for what. There is no law about who owns the boundaries around your property and which side of the fence you are responsible for, but you could check the deeds to your home to find out if there are any boundary agreements in place.
Doing it Yourself
If doing the job as a DIY project, then make sure you wear old clothing and gloves as it’s near impossible to stain or paint a fence without getting some on you! Decide on how you prefer to apply the stain or paint, whether using a brush, a roller, a pump or power sprayer. But even if you decide to use a roller or sprayer, always use a brush for the tops and edges plus any hard to reach areas, such as the small spaces between fence panels and posts. Traditional paintbrushes work well with stain and smaller 2-inch brushes work well for small hard to reach areas. Garden pump sprayers ar a quick way to stain but you need goggles, gloves and a breathing filter or mask. Rolling is not a recommended method for staining as it leaves uneven marks that need touching up afterwards.
Remember when applying coats, you should complete an entire fence section at a time to avoid lap marks. Make sure your fence is clean before applying the paint stain, brush down to remove any dust, mould or mildew. Then check the weather before you begin as you don’t want to stain in extreme heat or cold, plus the fence needs to be dry so avoid rainy days and wait a few days after the last rainfall before starting. In terms of how many coats need to be applied, always follow the stain/paint manufacturer’s instructions on how many coats will be needed. When it comes to choosing the right stain, just ensure that the product is for exterior use and also make sure you buy enough to treat the fence with the requisite number of coats. Finally, there is no point applying paint or stain to an old, rotten fence, once rot sets in the fence will need replacing not staining or painting!
Why Choose us?
- Discuss your desired end result Consult with our designer for color and finish recommendations.
- Protect your belongings and landscaping.
- Prepare all exterior surfaces to be painted – scraping, sanding, washing, sealing.
- Use top quality tools to expertly apply your coatings