I recently completed a small section of fence and a gate that run between my house and garage under a breezeway. It is built of cedar except for a small amount of pine molding around the posts. It looks good to me now, but I am worried about how well it will withstand the elements. Also, some of the cedar is dark, some medium and some a light color. I am thinking that I should use a semi-tranparent stain on it to even out the colors and to protect it from the weather.