Besides the weather, there are several other reasons why I didn’t stain my cedar fence. This post will give you all the details.
As explained in the post about how to make a privacy screen, my neighbours’ house is relatively close to ours.
When we moved in, there was a black mesh fence between our yards. And it was only 4 feet tall.
I can tell you that I felt pretty exposed, especially in summer, in my bathing suit !!
So last year, we had an opaque fence 6 feet high installed (the maximum height allowed!)
The difference is crazy, isn’t it? I’m just looking at the pictures and I feel so much better !!! In addition to giving us more privacy, the fence (like the privacy screen of the patio) cuts the wind that often comes from this side.
Why I didn’t stain my cedar fence
The fence we had installed is made of white cedar panels. Initially, I intended to stain it. When I realized the steps I had to take (wash, dry, sand, stain, dry, sand, stain, etc.), I wanted to hire someone to do it! Not to mention that the ability to achieve all that depended on the weather!
So I got some price quotes. I couldn’t believe that the prices were almost as expensive as the fence itself!! Not to mention that it would have to be done all over again every 7 to 8 years. I was a little discouraged and almost regretted my choice!
The resistance of white cedar
I knew that cedar was a resistant wood and some research on the Internet allowed me to confirm it.
There is only one thing to consider: you have to be ready to let it go gray.
For my part, I love this aspect of aged wood so it was not a problem!
After a year, we already see some traces of gray that begin to appear. It’s charming, isn’t it?
I love it!
I’m finally very happy with the choice I made. It’s economical, good for the environment, and, the best part, without maintenance for several years (yes!).
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Others use cedar
Cedar is used in many other outdoor products. Here are some examples:
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