Wood fence - stain or paint?
I've got a wood fence. Been up about 9 years. I don't remember specifically what it's made of, probably cedar or something like that. It's in good condition but is drying out and I'd like to get it sealed and protected. Cosmetics aren't the primary issue...I just want it protected from insects and the elements. I figure even a not-perfect stain or paint job will look much better than it is now.
We've got some wood on side of the house which is painted. Fences seem to want to be "stained" or "sealed". I don't understand. It seems to me the "wood" is "wood". If paint is good enough for outdoor wood on a house wall, why shouldn't it be same for a fence? If I'm primarily interested in the best protection, should I "paint" or "stain/seal"?