Here's one time where being a stain on the community is a good thing.
When we moved into our Cypress, Texas home about a year ago, our fence was shiny-new as it had been installed by Lennar Homes as part of building the new house. I wanted to retain its beauty by applying Thompson's Water Seal, but I did not get around to it. There were so many other things to do: unpack, get a new driver's license, set up new services, get solar panels, get the pool and outdoor kitchen, and landscape the yard. So over the last 18 months, the fence has weathered.
My 2020 plan was to power-wash the fence to remove the mildew and then apply Thompson's Water Seal per my original plan. Then I learned that as a novice power-washer, I would probably leave bands where I had not washed evenly. In addition, power-washing does not extend the life of a fence as it removes some wood material. To cap it off, I would probably need to reapply Thompson's Water Seal every year. No thank you.
Enter ProStain of Texas:
I saw on Facebook where a neighbor had his fenced stained by ProStain of Texas. I contacted Bryan Apodoaca of ProStain of Texas via Facebook. His phone number is (832) 296-0987 for serious inquiries. He came out to our home and gave me a bid. It was perfectly reasonable, so I accepted the bid. I paid my deposit using Venmo just like a millennial.
- I submitted an application to the HOA. Bryan happens to live in our HOA, so he already knew what the approved stain color was: Baker’s Gray-Away Wood Seal Special Blend part number SB200520.
Here are the before pictures.
The first step was to wash the fence with a bleach-like material to remove the mildew. Bryan did that on the same day I contacted him.
The final step was to apply the stain. That took about 4 hours.
I think it turned out great. ProStain of Texas guarantees the stain for two years. If there are any problems, they will touch up for free. Under normal weather conditions, the stain can last up to five years. That's so much more palatable than applying water seal every year. We are thrilled with the new appearance of our fence.
Staining is alive in the lab.