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Painting vs. Staining Fences

Spring is just around the corner, and more likely than not, your fence is looking a little drab. If you’re reaching for the paint bucket – stop – and read why staining your fence is actually the best way to go.

Photo Courtesy of Benchmark Painting

Photo Courtesy of Benchmark Painting

There are some benefits of choosing paint over stain. For instance, there is guaranteed to be a wider selection of paint colors than stain colors. Paint also provides a thicker barrier against the elements and can last for years. The downside is it will chip. Don’t get stuck patching up the fence every few months, opt for a stain instead.

Unlike its painted counterpart, a stained fence will not chip. Stained fences offer a more rustic look than painted ones because the grain of the wood remains visible through the stain. Staining also requires fewer coats than painting does.

So how does one stain a fence, exactly?

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Exterior Finishes for Wood

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Work completed by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Wood is a very simple building material, yet due to its unique characteristics, it can be used for a variety of exterior building applications. Without protection, however, wood can deteriorate easily due to sun and moisture exposure. Applying a finish to the exterior wood of your home can enhance its appearance and prevent deterioration.

More often than not though, exterior finishes for wood are short lived in durability. This is due to the wrong kind of finish being applied to the wood surface or to not following recommended application procedures. It is important to try and properly maintain the finish on the outside of your home in order to reduce your overall spending costs.

The following are tips you can apply when finishing the exterior wood of your home:

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Refinishing Interior Woodwork

Courtesy of Wood Furniture Plan

Courtesy of Wood Furniture Plan

Is your great-grandmother’s 16th-century hutch looking a little worse for wear? Have certain furniture items around the house seen better days? Instead of tossing out your favorite furniture pieces that are showing their age, why not take on a project to give these pieces a little facelift? If you want to extend the life of a dreary-looking piece of furniture, your next step should be to refinish it.

Here are a few options to help you refinish your furniture pieces:

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How to Choose the Right Stain for Your Deck

deckThe deck wood surface takes the maximum brunt of the elements and needs to be stained at regular intervals to protect it from damage. With several types of stains and paints available exclusively for outdoor purposes, it becomes very difficult to make a selection. While each type may have its own benefits, a careful consideration of the advantages and drawbacks of each can help you make the right decision.

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