Here is a picture of a fence that is about 2 years old that has not been sealed.
This one is barely 6 months old and it is already about to deteriorate.
This fence has been sealed but stained also.
Finally, here is a shot of our brand new fence as it looks today.
Well I really did not know too much about water sealing so I headed down to my local Home Depot to go check it out.
I was fortunate enough that there was a employee there that worked in the paint section that had just sealed a portion of his fence the year before.
From what he told me there are 3 different ways that you can go when sealing your fence.
They are -
- Clear seal (preserves the original color of the wood)
- Stain with seal (alters the color of the wood but the wood grain is still visible)
- Paint with seal (alters the color of the wood without the grain showing through)
The prices range from $60 to $120 for 5 gallons.
Before we moved into the house I sealed the fence with the mid-level stain. Here are pictures of the finnal result – Water Seal Pictures.