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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We used Spectrum Painting to paint our laundry room, kitchen, living room, office, powder room, sitting room, 2 story foyer and hall, 2 bedrooms, master bedroom, ceilings in kitchen, living room, and foyer, 3 car garage, shutters on 13 windows, and the front door with 2 sidelights. In addition to the walls being painted all doors, baseboards, window frames, crown molding, and other trim were included. Furthermore, we had a wallpaper border removed and crown molding added in the master bedroom. The paint job took less than a week and turned out great! We could not be happier with all of the colors we chose (with the help of Pam) and the way the it turned out. Overall, the sales team, including Rich Lauretta and John Mangiafreno, the project manager Rafael, and the design consultant Pam Steinhilber were all very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Simon R. | Aug/30/2016
Excellent workmanship! The crew was meticulous, very polite and when finished, the house was left very clean. We chose Spectrum based on your reputation and you lived up to it!
Roselle A. | Jun/30/2016
Raul was excellent to work with. Meticulous in getting the job done right. The crew was great, clean and careful and did a great job.
Rachel T. | Jul/19/2016
Very impressed with the professionalism of Charlie. He convinced me that Spectrum was the company I had to hire for my work. I know I made the right decision.
Roselle A. | Jun/29/2016
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
Great communication and happy to make any changes- very responsive to all concerns!
Mike W. | Jan/12/2015
Spectrum Painting was recommended to us by our fence company when we recently installed a picket fence.. They did a great job. They arrived punctually, were highly professional and made sure that the job was done properly. I would definitely recommend them and use them again.
Lisa S. | Aug/30/2016
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
I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. The Price was very reasonable. Spectrum Painting just finished Refinishing my Kitchen Cabinets and did an Amazing Job. I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. Marcin was on time each day, very Professional, Friendly and did a Fabulous Job. Even with Covid the men were very careful, wore masks and closed off my kitchen from the rest of my home. The Price was very reasonable.
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