Painting Vs. Staining Your Fence | Spectrum Painting

Painting Vs. Staining Your Fence

Your fence is an important part of your home. It provides security, privacy, and—with proper care—a great deal of curb appeal. Once you have invested in a fence, routine maintenance can keep it strong and looking good for years. By maintaining the finish, you will be preventing damage from rot and insects and helping to slow decomposition.

How Often to Paint Your Fence

Where fences are concerned, moisture is the enemy. Proper staining or painting creates a barrier that prevents moisture from doing damage to the wood. If you happen to live in an area that gets heavy rain or snow (like New Jersey), you may need to stain or repaint more frequently. Experts recommend every 2-3 years, but a better way to determine your need is to check for beading. On a stained and sealed fence, if water no longer beads up on the surface, but instead soaks in, it may be time for maintenance. Check painted surfaces for cracks, chips and wear. We also suggest washing your fence prior to staining or repainting.

Difference Between Painting and Staining

There is some debate on whether to paint or stain a fence. Either choice will provide protection from the elements, insects and normal wear to extend the life of your fence. While this is a personal choice, there are some things to consider:

-Paint can be less expensive, but can require more upkeep. If you decide to repaint, a bit more prep work is required to the surface to make it paint-ready.


-Staining might appear to be more expensive, as stain does typically cost less than a gallon of paint but does require more overall as the wood absorbs to complete the project. Stain will fade over time instead of chipping or peeling.


Spectrum Painting is happy to offer our services for both painting and staining, as well as soft washing your fence. Give us a call today to schedule an estimate at 973-580-6262!

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Just a quick note to thank you for sending Ruedi to do our bathroom. John and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is an excellent painter, great person and so careful to do a great job. His attention to detail, care and work ethic are unparalleled in our experience. You guys are great!! Just had to take a moment to pass it on. Please express our thanks and gratitude to him again.
Suzanne & John M. | Sep/24/2015
We had Spectrum Painting power wash and paint the outside of our house. They did such a fantastic job that we tripled the scope of the project during the process and the results are phenomenal. We wound up having them do the siding, window trim, doors, lights and much more. The end results is better then I expected. The entire Spectrum team was amazing throughout the process and on several occasions went above and beyond. I would highly recommend them.
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Scott & Shelly P. | Jan/12/2015
Very professional, courteous, communicated well, quality work. Rafael and his team worked exceptionally hard and did a great job in two days!
Al S. | Oct/27/2016
Hello - I can't tell you how completely satisfied I am with the work done/the workers and their attitude/ the efficiency/ the wonderful way the day went. I will tell anyone who asks that your company and staff are the very best in my 40 years of hiring someone to work in my home. The new ethic is totally different and you hold the good standards that make the work pleasant, pleasing and profitable for both sides! Thank you very much!
Margee K. | Jul/19/2016
Entire staff, from sales rep to team were professional. They were very responsive and the colorist had immediate availability. The crew was polite, knew what they were doing, worked constantly, they liked my dogs and my dogs liked them!
Judith G. | Sep/1/2016
We had Spectrum Painting power wash and paint the outside of our house. They did such a fantastic job that we tripled the scope of the project during the process and the results are phenomenal. We wound up having them do the siding, window trim, doors, lights and much more. The end results is better then I expected. The entire Spectrum team was amazing throughout the process and on several occasions went above and beyond. I would highly recommend them.
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Oldemar and Rolando made everything perfect and would like them both again! You were our first painter and will always be our only.
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Very neat and polite workers. Spectrum is a very organized company and always on schedule!
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