Nashville Fence Staining and Deck Staining Winter Time Tips

Nashville Fence Staining and Deck Staining Winter Time Tips

 Middle Tennessee Fence Staining is a year round thing in the south!

 As Nashville’s largest fence staining company, we have to align ourselves with the best products on the market today in order to meet the year around demand our clients place on us. We have to factor in the weather for everything we do, as you know Nashville weather can change abruptly making deck staining or fence painting difficult. The good news is that the great products we carry like Wood Defender Fence Stains and Lexington Paints Fence Coat allow us the versatility to work all year long.  We have a few guidelines that we will go over that keep us staining fences and decks even in December, January and February.



Moisture content is the single most important thing to check.  A moisture level of 12-13% or less is ideal for staining all year around.  As you know Nashville and Middle Tennessee weather can be very humid but you can check your fence or deck with a moisture meter.   These can be bought at Lowes or Home Depot for less than $35.00

Traditionally treated pine wood fences and decks will take a little longer to dry out than cedar, so keep that in mind.

The next thing I want to go over is temperature.  With a high-quality oil based stain like Wood Defender, Ready Seal or similar you don’t have to worry about freezing as oil does not freeze.  However, you do want to be sure that your wood is not frozen.  Generally, Tennessee has pretty mild winters and winter day time temperatures above 36 degrees usually make great days to stain your fence.  However, if it was 5 below zero last night and it just got up to 36 degrees for a short time you may be best to wait until a warmer day.

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A lot of people express concern to me that they are very disappointed that they have to wait until spring to stain their wood, but it’s just not true.  The best time for deck staining or fence staining in cities like Murfreesboro, Nashville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet and throughout Middle Tennessee is as soon as possible after construction if it meets our moisture and temperature requirements.  The winter months are hard on fences and there has never been a better time to stain that new wooden privacy fence than right now.  Staining in the winter can actually save you money because you will most likely have to clean the wood before staining if you wait until the springtime once mold and mildew has already started.

If you are wondering if your fence is ready we can come to you for a free wood consultation and fence staining estimate to show you exactly what your wood is doing.

Our mission at Stain & Seal Experts is to give you the most outstanding customer experience possible.  For more staining tips check out this blog post or check out The Stain and Seal Experts Podcast for all kinds of tips, tricks and interviews with Staining Experts from around the globe.

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