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Should I Paint or Stain My Fence?

July 6, 2016

If you’ve been slowly transforming your home into the oasis you’ve been dreaming of for years, you may have recently put in a new fencing! Congratulations! We get many clients asking us whether it’s better to paint their new wooden fence or to stain it. The most important thing to do is protect it with something before inclement weather strikes! Plain wood is gorgeous, but it isn’t going to hold up well to the ever-changing Fort Collins weather (Horner Painting's ho. Both staining and painting will protect your fencing, so consider which is the best fit for your home:



  • Painting is perfect if you want to color coordinate with your garden or the rest of your home.
  • Most latex paints dry in a matter of hours, meaning your fence will be fully protected, even if we get a downpour the next day.
  • You can select your sheen. Whether you prefer matte or glossy, we can make it happen!


  • Paint is usually a bit pricier than a stain.
  • More work is needed since painting requires priming and usually a few coats to make the entire color uniform.



  • Stain does not require priming and the color will likely be uniform without as much concentration.
  • It enhances the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Stain doesn’t peel or crack!


  • You may need a lot more stain to evenly coat your fence if the wood is highly absorbent.
  • Stain requires very special conditions to set properly; it needs warm weather where rain isn’t expected for two days!

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Contact Us

Whatever you decide for your fencing, be sure to call us! The professional painters at Horner Painting are here to help you turn your fence into a beautiful part of your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services. We provide painting services throughout Northern Colorado from our hometown of Fort Collins.

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You can rest assured working with Horner Painting as a fully insured and warrantied company. Our five-year comprehensive warranty is one of the best you will find in Northern Colorado.

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At Horner Painting we strive for excellence. In the event that you are unhappy, we will make it right! At the completion of every job we set up a walk through to go over every detail of your project. We do not expect any payment until the job is finished to your satisfaction. All projects also include a five-year comprehensive warranty.

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