Choosing a stain for a caedar wood fence requires careful thought as to how the stain affects a home's exterior appearance. Some stains create a noticeable contrast to the home exterior, while other stains blend in beautifully. Additional considerations include natural wood grain appearance and UV ray protection.
When deciding which stain color to choose for cedar fencing, consider the full range of choices, from a light wood toner to a dark solid. Wood toners come in clear or light tint colors, which allow most of the natural wood color and grain to show. If a little more color pigment is desired without compromising the appearance of the natural cedar, a semi-transparent stain is a good choice.
Darker stains are ideal for covering up most of the natural cedar wood grain and texture. In this instance, the choices are either semi-solid or solid colored stains. Semi-solid stains give the wood an opaque color while allowing a bit of the natural wood to shine through. Alternatively, solid stain colors hide almost all of the wood and display bolder colors. Personal preference ultimately determines whether to go with a light or darker finish.
Sunlight exposure may also play a role in the decision making process for some people. Darker fence stains provide more protection from harsh UV ray light weathering than lighter stains.