Fence painting can dramatically improve the appearance of your yard and save you money on fencing in the long run.
Having an unpainted, shabby fence can make your yard seem unloved which reflects on you and your home as a whole. Thankfully, improving your wood fence is really quick, easy and inexpensive.
At On The Spot Painting, we understand the importance of improving the appearance of your wooden fence, but why else should you paint your fence?
- It improves the look of your home
- It offers protection
- It’s cheaper than buying new
- It can add value to your home
4 Reasons To Paint Your Wood Fence?
There are a number of reasons why you should be refreshing your wood fence with a fresh paint job fairly regularly. Read on to find out how On The Spot Painting can help you.
1. It Improves the Look of Your Home
Of course, the most obvious reason for adding a fresh coat of paint to your wood fence would be for aesthetic purposes. Our fence painting services can help make your old fence look brand new, at a fraction of the cost. Whether you want to update an existing paint job or unleash your creative side with something new, we have options for you.
With our fence painting services, you’ll be well on the way to having your dream home look exactly the way you’ve always wanted.
2. It Offers Protection
Painting your wood fences helps ensure your fence is protected from the elements, which may otherwise be harmful, causing additional costs when you have to replace your fencing. A properly painted fence can withstand constant exposure to sunlight, wind, rain and snow for years, which is imperative when living in Alberta!
Painting your fence also ensures the wood is appropriately sealed, protecting it from water which can cause premature rotting.
3. It’s Cheaper Than A New Fence
Unless you want to completely change every aspect of the structure of your fence or it has been severely damaged by the elements, chances are you don’t need to spend money on a brand new fence.
Adding fence paint can dramatically improve the way the fence looks, practically eliminating the need for a costly new purchase.
On The Spot Painting do offer staining for your fence, as an alternative to painting, which is an excellent option for the cold Alberta months, though slightly more expensive.
4. It Can Add Value To Your Home
Whilst you wouldn’t think something as simple as fence paint can improve your curb appeal, it most certainly can, and along with that comes an increase in your home’s value too. Your first impression of a home begins before you even step in the yard, so having aesthetically pleasing fencing plays a part in that.
On top of the aesthetic benefit, having a fence around your home can add privacy and security to your home. This can also have a positive impact on the value of your home as these are high priorities for new buyers. If you’re going to have a fence, why not make sure that it look great year-round too?
Our Fence Painting Process
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, On The Spot Painting know how to achieve high-quality and long-lasting results when painting or staining your wood fence. Here is our process we’ve developed over the years:
Before we do any painting or staining, we need to know what you’re looking for. We will come out and do a walkthrough with you to assess what you want, as well as make recommendations for what we think would suit your yard and fence style. Our goal is to create a finish that you’re 100% happy with, so knowing what you want is the first and most important step for fence painting.
Prepare the Surrounding Area
Before we begin to get to work on your wood fence, we need to make sure nothing is going to be damaged nearby so there is oftentimes a lot of prep work required. Our professional painters will ensure that they move or cover nearby items such as potted plants, to protect them and keep them safe.
The weather is also incredibly important, particularly living in Alberta. If the wood is damp, such as if it’s been raining or if there was frost overnight, the paint or stain will not adhere well to the flat surfaces, potentially causing premature cracking or peeling.
Prepare The Entire Surface
Our professional painters know the importance of prep work, so we take our time to prepare the wood so that it’s ready to paint. This typically involves using a pressure washer to clean the surface if it hasn’t been power washed before our visit, sanding down the surface and ridding it of any loose paint chips and removing any loose nails or broken boards. We then let the fence fully dry so that it’s ready to paint shortly after.
Paint Using The Right Products
Using two coats of a high-quality Benjamin Moore external paint, we start painting. Some professional painters like to use a paint sprayer, whereas others prefer a high-quality paint brush. We determine the best techniques for the finish you’re looking for and base our careful and thorough process around that.
How much paint is used is very important for fence painting. Thin coats are much more effective at protecting the material and prevents the paint from pooling with excess paint, which can damage the wood or flake off once dry.
Once we’ve completed your paint job, we will do a thorough walkthrough with you to make sure that you’re happy with our services. We’re not happy unless you’re happy, so we like to leave enough time to discuss the final product with you and receive your feedback.
FAQ’s For Fence Paint
Q. Is It Better To Stain or Paint A Fence?
A. Whether you use paint or stain depends on the purpose of your makeover, though both have advantages and create an excellent, durable finish for your wood fence.
If you are looking for a refresh of your existing paint job, using paint would be beneficial to you. When a surface has already been painted, applying stain would mean fully removing the previous paint which can be time-consuming and sometimes costly.
If you’re starting from scratch, you can choose between paint or stain. Paint is longer lasting, has a huge amount of colour options and covers imperfections well. Whereas stain may be more appropriate for Alberta weather conditions due to the freezing & thawing cycle that we’re used to. This causes the natural grain to expand and contract often, causing issues if your fence has been painted.
Q. Do You Need To Prime a Fence Before Painting?
A. Yes, your fence should always be primed before you paint or stain it. On The Spot Painting offer full-service painting and staining, which involves prepping and priming your surfaces. We use the best paint on the market, so it makes sense that the surface needs to be appropriately prepped to enhance the paint.
Q. How Many Coats of Paint Does a Fence Need?
A. Fence painting may require between 2 – 5 coats, as the layers need to be incredibly thin to prevent pooling with excess paint. Typically, you can tell after each coat whether the fence is completely finished or if it still needs work. Our professional painters at On The Spot Painting can easily recognize when fence painting is complete and ready to dry.
Q. How Much Will It Cost To Paint My Wood Fences?
A. It’s tough to give an estimate for fence painting without seeing the yard itself, as certain factors such as size and length can impact the price. On The Spot Painting like to come out to your property for a free consultation to discuss your needs and requirements before providing you with an all-inclusive no obligation personalized quote.
Q. What Do I Do If My Fence Has Peeling Paint?
A. If you’ve noticed that your fence has a large amount of peeling paint, it may be time for a new paint project. We would first remove the existing pieces of loose paint carefully before beginning with a new colour for your fence.
Repairs on peeling paint are possible if there are only a few small areas that need to be sanded or removed. We would colour match your existing paints and improve upon those smaller noticeable areas so they no longer stand out.
Q. What If I Have Metal Fencing?
A. Metal fencing can be painted using a rust inhibiting primer and oil-based paint and requires a specific set of knowledge and skill to complete well. Contact On The Spot Painting to discuss how we can help you with your fence painting needs today.