Do you have a newly built deck, or thinking about revamping the old one? Staining might be the perfect answer!
Staining decks keeps them in prime condition and protects them from harsh weather and general wear and tear. We answer questions about types of stains and what season to is best for staining.
A good quality stain that is applied properly should go a long way in repelling water and taking care of your beloved deck.
The process is easy, and if you do it right, the deck stain can last for 3 to 5 years!
Here are the things you need to know about staining a deck. First, let's talk about choosing the right kind of stain.
Types of Stain Finish
There are different types of stain finishes and you can choose the best one depending on what you need.
For a natural look that preserves the wood's color and grain, the best option is to go for clear or wood-toned finishes. However, these stains offer the least amount of protection against weathering and wear and tear, so it's best to use them for locations that do not have harsh climates.
Meanwhile, semi-transparent finishes are moderately pigmented stains that provide more protection, while still allowing the wood's natural grain to show through.
The most heavy duty stains are solid and semi-solid finishes- highly suitable for areas with harsh climates and high foot traffic. Although, one drawback is that these stains obscure the wood's natural grain.
Now, here are some tips and tricks of the trade right from the pros:
Common Questions on Staining Decks
When should you do it? The best time to stain your deck is right after it is built, so that dirt, dust particles, and other debris haven't had a chance to accumulate on the wood surface yet.
How should I clean the deck? While it sounds tempting, avoid using a pressure washer as it might damage the wood. Instead, thoroughly sweep the surface, remove any spills and stains, and apply a specially formulated deck cleaner. Afterwards, sand down any fuzzy spots with sandpaper.
What's the best temperature and weather condition? Only stain your deck when it's bright, sunny, and not humid. Although, avoid staining in direct sunlight as that would dry out the stain fast and would result in uneven stains. Ideally, 50 to 90 degrees is the optimum temperature range for applying stains.
What should I use? Non-synthetic stains are always your best option. This goes the same for the brush- rather than opting for a paint roller, use a natural bristle brush, which applies the stain more evenly, and gets it into the wood's grain and pores.
Ready to stain your deck? Follow these 3 simple and easy steps!
Steps to Stain Your Deck
Step 1: Inspect and Clean
The first step is to make sure that there are no imperfections on the deck surface. Check for broken and exposed parts, such as nails, screws, and splinters. This is especially true if your deck isn't newly constructed. Repair what can be fixed, and replace those that have to go.
Then, clean it thoroughly following our tips above. Choose a quality deck cleaner, and scrub away any mildew, algae, and mold buildup.
Step 2: Stain and Dry
Cover and tape off all the surfaces you don't intend on staining, using standard painter's tape. Apply even stains using your brush, and stain several boards at once. Make sure that you are working the stain into the creases, wood grain, and butt joints where two wood boards meet.
For better and long lasting results, back brush the stain so that it soaks deeper into the wood.
Then, let the deck dry completely in one to two days.
Step 3: Refinish
To keep your deck in top notch condition, don't wait for the stain to lose its effectivity in fighting harsh weather and wear and tear. While a good stain can last for up to 5 years, the best practice is to refinish your deck every 2 to 3 years.
Staining a deck is an easy job that you can do yourself, even with the most rudimentary DIY skills. If you do it right, it can go a long way to keeping your deck looking good and sturdy!
Kent WA Painters is an experienced professional paint contractor in Kent, WA.
We offer both residential and commercial paint services at the highest standards, and only deliver complete satisfaction. If you reside in or around the South King County area, give us a call for a free no obligation quote.
Check out kentwapainters.com for more information, or contact us at (425) 598-0669 for a free estimate!