Having a deck on your home is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors; share family time together and even just sit out an relax in the cool evening weather. Deck stains help to protect your deck during inclement weather and make the life of the deck much longer. Not only that but deck stains come in a variety of shades and you can match the exterior of your home using them.
Cleaning the Deck
Before putting any type of staining on the deck, clean it first. You want to make sure that the wood is thoroughly cleaned to best absorb the stains. Let the deck air dry for approximately 24 hours prior to staining. Sweep and dust it one time prior to starting your deck staining project.
Check the Deck Surface
Prior to staining your deck, check the deck surface. Make sure that there are no rough areas or old nails or such sticking out of the deck. Not only are these a safety hazard, they will make the staining job look less perfect.
Priming the Deck Surface
Many people overlook the step to prime the deck surface. They assume because the wood is outside, that it does not need priming. Taking the time to prime the deck surface will ensure that the stain absorbs better into the wood and lasts longer. Let the primer set on the deck a minimum of twenty-four hours prior to staining.
Stain the Deck Surface
The next step in the project is to actually stain the deck. You can select among various types of stains and colors that will match your home the best.
Weather Resistant Stain
Weather resistant deck stains are very popular. These are especially important in areas that receive a lot of moisture such as rain or snow. Water can build up in the wood and cause deck problems. Applying weather resistant deck stains will increase the life of your deck and enable you to make fewer deck repairs years down the road.
Over time the weather can have an affect on deck stains. Every three to five years, it is important to stain apply one or two new coats of stain on your deck. Deck stains that are exposed to sun or to rain will wear faster and loose their luster and colors. Additionally, the deck stains will not protect the wood as they did initially.
For maintenance staining you have two options. You can apply deck stain on top of the current stain or you can strip the current stain and apply new stain. It is best to strip the deck and apply new deck stain if the area is exposed to a great deal of extreme temperatures or if you have previously applied staining a few times. This will ensure that the wood has the most protection and decrease the number of potential problems further down the road.
Advantages of Deck Stains
The biggest advantage to deck stains is the protection that they give to decks. You will find that properly using deck stains will increase the life of the deck and reduce deck repairs. You will be able to enjoy your deck for many, many years.