Category Archives: Fence Staining

Proper Care and Maintenance of Outdoor Wood

Proper Care and Maintenance of Outdoor Wood

Wooden decks and fences are worthy investments.  They add a wonderful, natural aesthetic beauty to your home.  However, it takes proper care to maintain that beauty and keep the wood looking like new.

Think of the wooden boards that comprise your deck and fence as they once existed in the form of a tree.  When you peel the bark off of a tree, it has no way to protect itself.  The impact of the elements on unprotected wood causes immediate damage to it.  For example, rain, melting snow, and morning dew are all absorbed by unprotected wood, which cases it to swell.  Then, the wood begins to shrink back again when the sun’s heat causes it to start drying.  This constant cycle of swelling and shrinking causes wood to warp, split, cup, and crack.  All of these shorten the lifespan of the wood and lead to costly repairs and replacement.

There is a way to make your wood look like new again, and even double its life, by having it cleaned and then sealed or stained.  We believe you should choose Bright Services for your wooden fence and deck needs not only because of our highly trained technicians and environmentally safe processes, but because we stand behind our work.

If you are interested in a free quote for our cleaning and staining services, please call us at 215-357-3058 or email us at info@brightservicesgroup.com

Selecting a Stain for Your Cedar Fence

Selecting a Stain for Your Cedar Fence

Whether you are thinking of installing a new cedar fence or it is just time for your existing cedar fence to be stained you are probably thinking of color choices.  With today’s large market the selection is wider than ever.  Before selecting your color, there are a few items to take into consideration.

Examining the colors in the environment surrounding the fence can help when choosing your stain color.  Consider the colors of your home, such as your roof, siding, trim, and foundation.  Look at any landscaping surrounding your home, including the driveway, large plantings, or trees.  You may want to select colors that enhance these existing features or hues that will tie these elements together for a more coordinated look.

Prior to making a final decision it’s important to talk with a service professional about the specific stain color you are considering, as they will be able to provide additional guidance.  Dark colors tend to look even darker over a large area.  Reds and yellow-browns frequently appear more red and yellow.  Some mottled colors look exaggerated over a large area and other mottling effects can be completely lost.  The natural color or grain pattern of the wood itself can greatly influence the final color.  Semi-transparent stains will allow the fence’s original wood grain and coloring to come through.

The service professionals at Bright Services are happy to assist you with the selection of a stain color for your cedar fence.  Give us a call today at 215-357-3058.