Why should I consider staining my fence?
There are many home owners who stain their fence because it improves their properties curb appeal. While it does improve the look, staining your fence can actually be a wise investment that will save you money in the long run by increasing the life of your fence. By staining your fence with our quality stains, you will protect your investment from the harsh environment (U.V. rays, mold, and mildew growth). Also, stain will help to eliminate warpage as your fence ages.

Why do I need to stain it? It's brand new and looks just fine like it is!
Wood is organic. Mother Nature has a way of recycling all of her organic material, it's called decay. The gray that shows up in the wood is mold and mildew, rotting the structure away right before our eyes! The best time to stain and protect a fence, deck, or arbor is shortly after it's been installed. By sealing it before Mother Nature sets in, you can avoid the deterioration process all together and extend the life of your wood structure. If left untreated, your lumber will turn gray within a few short months (the average gray time is 8 to 12 months depending on how much moisture the wood encounters).

Why should I have my fence, deck, or arbor stained professionally?
A-1 Kendrick Fence only uses the highest quality commercial grade stains from Wood Defender®, which are not available at any of the local home improvement stores. Wood Defender® stains are all deep penetrating oil based products that protect your lumber from the inside out. We offer two completely separate products that are uniquely and specifically formulated for their end use. One formula is specially designed for fences and the other formula for contact surfaces such as decks and play ground equipment. Both of these highly durable uniquely designed staining formulas leave a uniform finish with absolutely no drips, runs, or lap marks visible. The common products sold, used by most do it yourself home owners, do not penetrate into the lumber. Unfortunately this merely puts a surface film on the wood similar to a paint. This explains why these surface film forming stains peel, blister, and crack within a short period of time after their application.

My fence is already gray! Will the gray show through the stain color?Your fence, deck, or arbor can be cleaned and restored to it's natural wood color. This process will remove all of the built up mildew and mold growth and allow us to stain the wood as if it were new. Some people use pressure washers to achieve this, but we prefer to carefully apply cleansers and chemicals to remove mildew of all aged structures. The cleaning solution is far less abrasive and allows us to get a better end result after the staining is complete. We have also found that using pressure washers significantly damages the wood by raising the grain, leaving streaks in the wood, and causes the structure to have pulp on the exterior that leaves an undesirable finish. The high pressure washer also pumps moisture into the pores which is the source of mold and mildew growth causing further damage. The proper cleaning and preparation of the woods surface is a crucial step in obtaining the desired look after the staining has been completed.

I've had minor repairs to my fence over the years (now there's new and old boards showing) Will this be noticable once my fence is stained?
After proper cleaning of the aged boards we can bring them back to their natural state and make them blend with the new boards. We strongly recommend the Semi-Transparent Fence Stains on any structure that requires cleaning or has had any repairs so that a uniform appearance can be achieved.

When we need another coat applied, will you have to strip the stain in order to apply a second coat? No... All of our stains utilize a modified oil formula that enhances penetration and does not leave a surface film. The lack of a film on the surface of the wood makes re-coats a snap. In many circumstances, if the stain is in good condition, there will be absolutely no prep work required for a re-spray.

Does the temperature affect the application of the stain?
The finished result will NOT vary between 34 and 99 degrees making staining in Mississippi possible in nearly every week. When it comes to a successful staining application, we focus on moisture more than temperature. As long as the core of the wood is not frozen (above 34 degrees for one to two hours before the application) the wood can receive a successful treatment. . We always recommend turning your sprinklers off the day before we are scheduled to stain your fence. How long does the stain need to be on my fence or deck before it can get wet? Although we try to schedule jobs so that you get 7 to 8 hours of dry time, the truth is that it can rain 30 minutes after the end of the application. The stain only requires about 30 minutes to soak into the wood to be completely sealed and weatherproof.

Will the staining or cleaning process damage my lawn or landscape? We take great care in protecting everything near the fence. However, it is typical for the grass along the fence line (4 to 6 inches) to turn brown for a few weeks. Once we complete the staining process, we clean items close to the fence such as house, windows, furniture, etc with a formulated cleaning solution made exclusively for our stain. This helps to ensure that your property is protected.

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