Frequently Asked Questions

We gathered the answers to some popular staining questions below.
If you can’t find your question below, click Get a Quote and we’ll be happy to help.

How do I get a quote?

You can schedule a consultation by clicking here or by giving us a call at (469) 301-1880‬. We will get back to you within 24 hours with a satellite quote including the maximum price we’d charge. Then we can schedule a convenient time to finalize the quote and answer any questions in person.

How often should I stain my fence?

This is a hard question. There is no quick answer. Factors such as the type of wood, the type of stain, the amount of stain, and wear factors such as orientation, sun, hail, and sprinklers all affect the longevity. We like to use Texas Wood Products Bakers Grey Away, and with their stain we find touching up at 3 years to be cheaper and simpler in the long term.

Many people will understandably delay the project, thusly requiring cleaning, and adding expense to the project.

What are the different types of fence stains available?

Stain can be separated into two categories, water based and oil based. Oil based stain is “transparent” allowing for a more natural look. It is easier to touch up.

Water based stain comes in three flavors. Transparent, Semi transparent, and solid. Behr has some great literature on these.

Why should I stain my fence?

Staining your fence provides several benefits, including protection against UV rays, moisture, and rot. It also enhances the appearance of the wood, adds color, and prolongs the lifespan of the fence.

Can I stain a new fence right away?

We like to wait at least a month. After that you have about 6 months to a year before it will begin to gray. The gray is UV damage causing oxidation to the lignin and cellulose.

How do I choose the right stain color for my fence?

The color is almost entirely a personal, and HOA preference

What is the best time of year to stain a fence?

As long as it is dry, not too windy, and above 40 degrees F, then we are good to go.

Should I hire a professional or can I stain my fence myself?

If you would like to DIY it I will come take a look and advise on how to proceed, free of charge and with no used car salesman tactics. We understand not everyone has the budget for such a project and don’t mind giving advice.

Can I stain a fence that has mold or mildew?

Yes, we can clean the fence with a very gentle pressure washing. we like to avoid harsh chemicals like bleach and other detergents. I find them to not be necessary the majority of the time.

Can I stain a previously painted fence?

Staining over a previously painted fence can be challenging. It typically requires stripping off the old paint and sanding the surface before applying the stain. It is extremely labor intensive.

How long does it take for the stain to dry?

Oil based takes about a week to fully dry, but will be dry to the touch in 24 hours.

Water based takes about 24 hours to fully dry.

Can I change the stain color on my fence?

In most cases, you can change the stain color on your fence by applying a new coat of stain in the desired color. However, it’s important to consider the current stain color, type of stain, and the wood’s condition.