When it comes to fences, there is no material more classic than wood. It has been used for centuries in the building of fences, and it remains a very popular option to this day. A real wood fence will add a natural style and feel that is truly unmatched. There are now a lot of composite fencing materials — from vinyl to wood composite — that are made with fake prints meant to look like wood. There are some perks to these materials, but they never look as good as real wood.
People who buy the composite materials will tell you that it is worth sacrificing style in favor of a material that requires much less maintenance than wood. But how hard is it to maintain a wooden fence? How often does it need to be refinished? How long will a well-maintained wooden fence last? You'll get different answers to all these questions depending on who you ask, and there are a lot of factors to consider. For example, a wooden fence in a moist climate is going to require much more maintenance than one in a dry, mild climate. But regardless of where you live and what style of wooden fence you choose to install, you will need to refinish the surface.
Wood needs to be refinished. No matter what species of wood you have, and regardless of what product you use to stain your fence, it will need to be refinished over the years. In a mild climate, you might need to do it less, while in a wet climate, your wood needs to be refinished more often. It also depends on the quality of the job you do. That is, if you do a thorough refinishing with comprehensive sanding and several coats of sealant, your wood will be protected for much longer. But if you do a sloppy job, you can end up with a rough finish where the stain doesn't stay on the wood for long. The fact of the matter is, restaining wooden fences is hard work. It might take a few full days of hard, physical work, but it is the best way to keep your wood looking exactly how you want.
There is actually one great perk to the fact that you have to refinish a wood fence. You have a chance to change the wood finish to give your fence a new look.
To learn more, contact a resource like Canyon Fence Co.