Should I stain new cedar fence?
I just had a beautiful 7' cedar fence built along one side of the house to provide privacy and a backdrop for landscaping along that side. The neighbors side of the fence get's zero sun, my side gets sun from about 11:00 to 5:00. I've been debating whether to stain, and if so, what opacity and color. My house is cedar shiplap siding, stained a solid dark brown. I've decided I don't want to use a solid or semi-solid on the fence, I don't want to immediately cover up the beautiful wood. I can't find a tinted transparent color that goes well with the house, so basically I'm down to a natural transparent stain. I read that natural transparent has almost no UV protection, and since cedar is very rot resistant, am I wasting my money by putting this on? If it's going to naturally gray with the natural stain, why even bother? I'm hoping someone has some personal experience with transparent stain on cedar, does it even slow down the graying?