Protecting your fence from the elements is essential to keep it looking its best. A new application of stain or paint can spruce up or even change the look of your whole yard, boosting your home’s curb appeal and making outdoor living spaces more enjoyable.
Painting or staining a fence is challenging and time-consuming work. Getting it prepped right is essential to achieve the best possible results. Depending on the size and condition of your fence, the preparation process can take longer than the actual application of new paint or stain. For example, a detailed wood fence may need extensive sanding or scraping, while a vinyl or metal fence may only need a basic cleaning or priming to get ready for paint.
An experienced pro will help you choose the best paint, stain or sealer for your fence to ensure you get a lasting and beautiful finish.
PLAN AND DETAILS
The cost of painting your fence depends on various factors. These include its style, materials, condition, size, and the type of paint or stain your choose. Rates usually run between $2-$5 per square foot and are affected by the level of necessary prep work.
Fence painting typically requires several days to complete. On the first day, your pro will prepare the area by scraping up old paint, making any necessary repairs and applying drop cloths to the area. Then a day is needed to apply the primer, followed by another for the finish coat. More time may be required for extensive prep work, applying additional coats, or working on long or tall fences. The style of your fence may also affect the time needed to complete the job since its surface area will determine the application method and the amount of material that is needed.
In most cases, fences should be repainted every 2-3 years and stained every 5-7 years. However, this frequency will be affected by the weather in your area. Wetter regions usually require more maintenance than drier areas. To determine if your painted fence needs maintenance, look for cracks, chips and other signs of wear. For stained or sealed fences, check for beading by putting water on your fence surface. If it no longer beads up, it’s probably time for maintenance.
Painting or staining a fence is essential to protect it from the elements, daily wear and tear, rot and insect infestation. Regular maintenance of your fence protects it from damage or deterioration, lengthening its lifespan.
Wooden fences can be painted, stained or sealed with a variety of latex and oil-based exterior products. Metal or vinyl fences may require enamel or epoxy paints. Your painter can help you decide which products are most appropriate for your fence and geographic area.
If you’ve recently installed a fence made with dry materials, you should wait 1-2 months before applying paint or stain. Fences made with pressure treated materials may require 3-4 months to ensure the materials are dry enough to cover. A pro will carefully check the weather forecast to find an optimal time to complete your project. They will choose a time when no rain is expected and the temperature is between 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit with moderate humidity.
All painting projects require a significant amount of prep work to ensure a superior paint finish. Prepping is a time consuming and tedious process that requires a level of determination to complete. A pro has the experience to thoroughly prepare your fence for painting or staining. Before getting started, they will schedule your project for the right weather conditions and time of day to allow the paint to cure properly. The painter will scrape off old paint, make minor repairs and mask the surrounding area. They also know how to apply paints and stains quickly, making fast work of preparation and application.
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance that lead paint was used in its construction. Scraping, sanding, or removing old paint can release toxic lead dust which can cause serious illness in children and pregnant women. Special handling is required when working with lead-based paints. If lead paint is present in your home, you will need to hire a lead-certified painting contractor or lead abatement contractor. Before getting started with your painting project, consult your local building authority or visit www.epa.gov for more information.