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Summer Projects – trends and ideas for fences

August 3, 2016

Fence colours, trends and ideas

Wood fencing doesn’t have to be just practical or only boring! Cranbrook Paint and Moore can help with all your fencing visions – and below are some ideas if you’re stuck, along with information about types of stains:

Two tone colours
Using two colours brings a liveliness to a fence and draws the eye. Already an up and coming trend this year, two colour tones accentuate the surrounding yard – and coupled with a complimentary house colour, can increase curb appeal and property values.

Wood stains come in five different “opacities” or transparencies. The option that’s right for the job depends on the condition of the surface – more imperfections mean a darker opacity is needed to hide them, the better the condition means a lighter shade can be used:

Natural/translucent

  • Transparent side
  • Has clear built in
  • “Allows the full beauty of the wood to come through”

Transparent

  • Very little opacity
  • Natural finish
  • “Tints the wood with colour, allowing the grain and texture of the wood to show through”

Semi transparent

  • Very little opacity
  • Natural finish
  • “Enhances the beauty of the wood with colour, while allowing some of the grain and texture to show through”

Semi solid

  • Can change the colour of the wood without covering the grain or losing the natural look of the wood
  • “Colours the wood while allowing some of the grain and texture to show through”

Solid

  • Most opaque
  • Hides every imperfection and blemishes
  • Any colour, easy to apply
  • “Opaque colour masks the grain but allows the texture of the wood to show through”

 

Choosing the right opacity can be a little tricky so don’t hesitate to count on the pros at Cranbrook Paint and Moore for help!

 

Fence mural

And for those artistically gifted out there, why not use a fence as a canvas?  A lovely mural for year round enjoyment!

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