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How to Choose the Best Fence Stain for Your Timber Fencing?

Has your old timber fence lost its charm, or do you want to add a beautiful finish to your new timber fencing, but not sure where to begin? Then keep reading. The first and foremost step is to decide whether you’d like to go ahead with stain or paint. Learning a detailed comparison between timber fence paint and stain would be the perfect start. 

Once you’re sure, fence stain is the way to go, there’s another daunting task of choosing the right fence stain. It might seem overwhelming, and many property owners face the same issue, unsure of which product will best suit their needs and give them the beautiful results they expect. 

At Stock & Noble, we provide the finest fencing solutions to high-end property owners across Australia and New Zealand. Our range of premium paints and stains is created to give a long-lasting gorgeous finish to your fences. With years of expertise in the industry, we’ve helped numerous clients achieve stunning results that not only enhance the aesthetics of their timber fences but also ensure long-lasting protection against the elements.  

We love our products, but also know that they might not fit every property owner’s budget or needs. Through this blog, we aim to equip you with all the knowledge you need to choose the perfect fence stain for your timber fence. 

From understanding your needs and preferences to selecting the right type of stain and ensuring durability, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. 


Understand the Different Types of Fence Stains 

Fence stains come in a variety of formulations and with different quantities of pigment. The key ones are Water-based, oil-based fence, transparent, solid and semi-solid fence stains. 

Oil-based stains penetrate deep into the wood, providing excellent protection and enhancing the natural beauty of the grain. On the other hand, water-based stains offer similar penetration as well as quick drying times and easy clean-up, making them ideal for DIY enthusiasts. The newly developed water-based stains offer a higher protection than oil-based. 

Transparent, semi-transparent, and solid stains, each offer different levels of opacity and protection.  

Dig deeper into the pros and cons of each type to determine which best meets your needs. 


Choose the Right Colour of Fence Stain 

The colour of your fence stain can dramatically impact the overall look of your property. When selecting a stain colour, take cues from your property’s exterior and existing landscaping. Choose a shade that complements these elements while still allowing your fence to stand out. To ensure you’re making the right choice, consider testing different colours on a small section of your fence before committing to a full application. 


Consider Stain Transparency 

Transparency refers to the degree to which the natural grain of the wood is visible after staining. Transparent stains allow the grain to show through, adding a little covering to the wood’s natural beauty.  

Semi-transparent stains offer a compromise between transparency and colour, providing some coverage while still allowing the grain to peek through.  

Solid stains, on the other hand, offer maximum coverage, concealing the grain entirely. Consider the level of transparency that best aligns with your aesthetic preferences and desired level of protection. Typically, the more solid the stain is the better protection is achieved; however, the new semi-transparent stains are developed with enhanced protection. So, it’s best to check about the level of shielding from your stain supplier.  


Check Durability and Maintenance 

When choosing a fence stain, durability is important, especially for outdoor applications. Look for stains that offer UV protection and resistance to mould, mildew, and water damage. Properly preparing your timber fence before staining is also crucial to ensure maximum durability and longevity. 

 This may involve cleaning the surface and repairing any damage. Also, be prepared to perform regular maintenance, such as cleaning and reapplying stains as needed, to keep your fence looking its best for years to come.  

It’s worth noting, that if the damage has gone too far you might consider painting the fence rather than staining it. Also, use a sealer/undercoat for added protection before applying top-coat paint. 


Evaluate Your Budget  

No matter which product you’re after, budget is one of the most important deciding factors. Fence stains are available at a range of price points, so consider your budget when making your selection. While basic stains may offer cost-effective solutions, investing in a premium product can give superior results and long-term cost savings. Consider the overall value of the stain, taking into account factors such as coverage, durability, and maintenance. 

Also, typically water-based stains are more expensive than oil-based, but you get an eco-friendly and easy-to-apply option. 


Eco-friendliness and Ease of Application 

In our view, it’s ideal to choose products that are safe for you, your animals and the world. Water-based fence stains are more planet-friendly as compared to VOC-laden oil-based stains. 

Also, the application and clean-up of water-based stains are far simpler than oil-based products, so if you want a safe and easy stain option water-based is the right choice for you. 


The Look YOU and YOUR fence needs 

Now that you know about the type of stains and transparency, look at your timber fence and assess its condition. Is it weathered and worn, or does it still retain some of its original lustre? If it’s the former, a solid stain that covers the blemishes would work better. In the case of the latter, you can go for a transparent or semi-solid fence stain. 

Do you desire a beautiful natural look that would make the grain of the wood shine through, or towards a solid colour for a more uniform appearance? 

Also, consider the environmental factors such as climate and sun exposure at your property as these can impact the longevity of your chosen stain. 

A solid stain or semi-transparent stain built with UV inhibitors would be the ideal choice for fences exposed to high UV in Australia. 


Ready to Choose the Right Stain for Your Timber Fences? 

Whether you’re looking to revive an old timber fence or add a stunning finish to a new one, now you know how to begin the process confidently and achieve beautiful results. 

We’ve covered everything from understanding the different types of stains and their respective benefits to selecting the right colour, considering transparency levels, evaluating durability and maintenance requirements, and factoring in budget considerations. Additionally, we’ve highlighted the importance of eco-friendliness and ease of application, ensuring that you can choose a stain that not only delivers stunning fences but also aligns with your values and lifestyle. 

When making your decision, take into account your property’s unique characteristics, including its environmental factors and your desired aesthetic preferences. 

With the right fence stain, your timber fencing can enhance the beauty and value of your property for years to come. The next step is to learn the hacks and pro tips on how to correctly apply your chosen fence stain. 

If you have any more questions or need specific information regarding fence stains, paints or primers, speak with our experts. They will provide you with guidance every step of the way to create a beautiful property, just the way you imagined. 


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