Fence paint is the popular choice of many people for the new fence on their property.
The color looks good, and paint protects against the effects of weather, while it also keeps mold and termites at bay.
We often get asked about paint and which paint is best to use on a fence.
An ultimate guide to fence paint would have to include:
- The Differences Between Suburban And Rural Projects
- Different Paints For Different Materials
- Children And Paint Isn’t Always A Good Mix
- Is Paint The Best Option?
- Color vs. Neutral
Let’s take a closer look at each point to get an idea of what may suit you the best.
The Differences Between Suburban And Rural Projects
Some paints work better in a rural situation than in a suburban setting and vice versa.
Brighter colors may look great in town, but browns and deep reds look better in rural areas.
Oil-based paints freeze at a lower temperature than latex ones and may better resist the effects of cold, open-country weather.
You may not get the extremes of weather exposure in a suburban district, where streets and other houses protect each other from cold and rain.
This will allow you to use paints which are not oil-based, with possibly a better selection in colors.
Different Paints For Different Materials
It is probably not a good idea to choose your fence just because you want to use a particular shade of paint.
You may need however to choose the right paint to match the material of the fence.
An oil-based latex paint is best for metal fences.
You will also need to apply a primer on a new metal fence. A sealant is a good idea to protect the paint job from the elements, but also to keep it looking good.
Wood gives you more options with the colors and type of paint available. Water-based paints soak deep into the wood, offering added protection and a deeper tone to final work.
A vinyl fence will not need painting, which can be an advantage when it comes to maintenance.
Children And Paint Isn’t Always A Good Mix
If you have children around the yard, then you will need to be careful with the paint you choose.
Though most paints are non-toxic, you may still need to apply a coating of a product that is not safe for the kids.
This is also true with pets and wildlife, who are more likely to lick a fence or eat something off a panel.
Kids may pick at loose chips of paint and the curious ones may take a taste.
Caution is advisable, but your fence retailer will tell you what is safe to use on the property.
Is Paint The Best Option?
We often ask a client ‘do you really need to paint the fence?’
Painting can take time, and annual maintenance can be expensive when staining is a viable option.
People do like the look of color on the fence, and often they match it with a design scheme around the home and garden.
Painting the garden fence is always a good idea, as long as you are aware of what caring for it involves.
Color vs. Neutral
A brightly-colored fence will catch the eye and look great around the yard.
Sometimes you may only need a neutral color to help the fence take pride of place.
Painting a fence can be an exciting time of choosing the right shades and seeing your project take place over a few days.
Growing shrubs, trees and flowers to blend and contrast with the color of the fence paint is a different, but rewarding challenge.
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