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How Often Should You Seal A Wood Fence? 

A wood fence gives your property protection, security, and a great focal point. Wood fence maintenance should be done on a regular basis to keep the fence looking good and extend the life of the wood.


To keep the look and purpose of a fence, it should be stained every two to three years. The maintenance interval, on the other hand, will be determined by a number of variables.


If well maintained, a wood fence can last at least ten years. To take care of your wood fence, extend its life, and keep it looking nice, follow these steps:

  • Replacing rotting boards as soon as possible is always a good idea.

  • Treated wood or rot-resistant wood should be used for fence posts and other boards that come into contact with the ground.

  • As soon as a fence starts to display signs of wear, stain, or paint it.

  • When applying wood treatment, don't forget to pay attention to the preparation measures. The result and longevity of the wood treatment would be greatly influenced by how well the wood is prepared.

  • A crooked fence post suggests decaying wood, decay, or bad footing. When something doesn't seem right, look into it.

  • Any nails that have worked their way out should be hammered out, and any loose or damaged screws should be tightened or replaced.


A wood fence should be painted or stained every two to three years. Stain is recommended by Five Star Painting because it is durable on wood that is exposed to the elements. This maintenance period is influenced by a number of factors, including:


  • The fence faces south and receives the most UV light.

  • The boards have mold or mildew on them.

  • The boards are rotting or have been destroyed.

  • Wood type

  • Softwood fences, such as pine, may need more regular maintenance than hardwood fences, such as oak.

  • Natural rot-resistant wood, such as black locust or cedar, may go between treatments for longer. Just make sure the wood is heartwood rather than sapwood, which is more prone to rot.


Fences that are brand new should not be stained right away. The type of wood used in your new fence will determine whether you can stain it, in general. Wet wood will prevent the stain from adequately penetrating and protecting the wood grain. Pour a few drops of water on the wood to see if it beads up; if it does, the wood is already too wet. The wood is ready for staining if the water soaks into it.

How Often Should You Seal A Wood Fence?
  • Before applying wood treatment to kiln-dried lumber, which is what most hardware stores offer, the wood should be allowed to dry for one to two months.

  • Enable six months for treated lumber to dry out before applying any wood treatments.

  • Green timber, or freshly cut wood, should be allowed to dry for one year for every inch of thickness.

  • Use these guidelines as a starting point. It's possible that the wood you buy isn't very wet, or that you live in an arid environment where it dries out easily compared to a hot, moist climate.


Clean the wood of dirt and dust after it has cured and before applying paint or stain. To achieve the look of a new fence, gently sand or power wash the wood to eliminate the grey color and let it dry for one day before continuing.

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