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    This is an article about having your fences stained, whether it be as a DIY project or by hiring a painter..

    Average Cost of Staining your Fences

    This type of job normally takes around 1-2 days depending upon how many layers of paint are required.


    To keep a wooden fence looking it's best and to protect it from the elements, you need to either paint or stain it every 2-3 years. Where fences are concerned, moisture is the main enemy and staining or painting the fence will create a barrier that will prevent moisture damaging the wood. How often you should paint or stain your fence will mostly depend on the weather, wet regions will need staining more frequently. Most experts recommend staining fences once every 2-3 years, but you can check for beading yourself as this gives a good indication of when the stain or paint needs to be reapplied. On a stained and sealed fence, water should bead up on the surface, but if the water soaks in instead, it may be time for staining.

    There is some debate amongst experts in terms of on whether painting or staining is best. But either will provide protection and extend the life of your fence so this is largely a personal choice, however, painting a fence is usually less expensive, but may require doing more often, plus more preparation is normally required before re-painting. Whereas staining is generally more expensive initially, but lasts longer and there is less ongoing work involved. Staining is not a difficult job, but it is time-consuming, so many will hire a local contractor to do the job for them. Rather than waste time searching for reliable tradesman and sorting through all the cowboys, simply fill in a single form on this website to have tradesman get in touch to supply quotes so you can easily compare prices for your job. All the tradesman are reviewed by real customers for peace of mind and it only takes a few minutes just to enter your details with a brief outline of the job you want doing.

    Cost of Hiring a Painter to Stain your Fences

    Job Description Duration Material Cost Labour Cost
    8 panels, 2m x 2m each 1 day £20 £150
    12 panels, 2m x 2m each 1-2 days £40 £225
    8 panels, 1m x 2m each 4-6 hours £20 £100
    12 panels, 1m x 2m each 6-8 hours £20 £125
    12 panels, 2m x 2m each 1-2 days £40 £225

    Things to consider when having fences stained

    A well-maintained wooden fence will last many years if maintained properly, but if not painted or stained every few years, they will quickly rot, look awful and will eventually fall over in heavy winds. In addition, the wood used in most natural wood fences will age and turn a greyish silver colour, which most people find unattractive. So painting or staining is required for aesthetic reasons too.

    Painting a fence isn’t difficult, but doing the job properly can be time-consuming and repetitive. The work is definitely worth it, as a proper paint job won’t just give your fence a facelift, it will actually extend the life of the fence by protecting it from the elements.

    The first thing to consider is whether to paint or stain your fence. Both will protect the fence against moisture and mould, but both have advantages and disadvantages. With painting, you get a wider selection of paint colours and a thicker barrier against the elements. However, the downsides are that paint finishes can start to look old pretty quick due to chipping, plus there is more work involved when it is time to paint again as the old paint has to be removed and a smooth surface prepared before the new coat can be applied. The popular view is that painting a fence will last a lot longer and may even look better, but it may not be worth all the extra effort (initially and when repainting). So, staining is much more popular unless you are looking for a particular colour.

    Before you paint or stain your fence, you may want to make sure that it’s your fence to treat! Many are not entirely certain which fence is their responsibility and which is their neighbour’s. So when it comes to repairs and maintenance, you need to find out who is responsible for what. There is no law about who owns the boundaries around your property and which side of the fence you are responsible for, but you could check the deeds to your home to find out if there are any boundary agreements in place.

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    Doing it Yourself

    If doing the job as a DIY project, then make sure you wear old clothing and gloves as it’s near impossible to stain or paint a fence without getting some on you!  Decide on how you prefer to apply the stain or paint, whether using a brush, a roller, a pump or power sprayer. But even if you decide to use a roller or sprayer, always use a brush for the tops and edges plus any hard to reach areas, such as the small spaces between fence panels and posts.  Traditional paintbrushes work well with stain and smaller 2-inch brushes work well for small hard to reach areas. Garden pump sprayers ar a quick way to stain but you need goggles, gloves and a breathing filter or mask. Rolling is not a recommended method for staining as it leaves uneven marks that need touching up afterwards.

    Remember when applying coats, you should complete an entire fence section at a time to avoid lap marks. Make sure your fence is clean before applying the paint stain, brush down to remove any dust, mould or mildew. Then check the weather before you begin as you don’t want to stain in extreme heat or cold, plus the fence needs to be dry so avoid rainy days and wait a few days after the last rainfall before starting. In terms of how many coats need to be applied, always follow the stain/paint manufacturer’s instructions on how many coats will be needed. When it comes to choosing the right stain, just ensure that the product is for exterior use and also make sure you buy enough to treat the fence with the requisite number of coats. Finally, there is no point applying paint or stain to an old, rotten fence, once rot sets in the fence will need replacing not staining or painting!

    Hiring a Garden Painter Checklist

    • How often does it need treating?
    • Ask how long the work is guaranteed for
    • Should you paint or stain the fence?
    • Find out the quality and type of of stain/paint that is going to be used when comparing prices


    What is the cost of staining a single fence panel?
    The cost will depend upon the size of your fence and the quality of the paint.
    Does the existing stain on the fence have to be removed before applying new stain?
    No, generally stain is oil based and applying new stain over old increases the protection. In any case, the stain soaks into the wood and would be impossible to remove.
    Will staining remove old water stains on the fence?
    No, water stains penetrate deep into the grain of the wood so cleaning and staining will not remove them completely, though they will generally improve the appearance.
    How long will the stain treatment last?
    Good stain products promise a life expectancy of up to 4 years, but most contractors will only guarantee up to 24 months and it is generally recommended to reapply the stain every 2 years.
    How long does it take to stain a fence?
    Obviously this will depend on the size of the fence and ease of access. But in general you would expect most fences to be completed the same day. Larger fences will need the morning for cleaning and preparation, then the actual staining process will be done in the afternoon.
    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 18th May 2018.

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