The Benefits of Regular Deck Staining
Keeping your wood deck healthy and looking new takes regular maintenance. Just like cleaning your bath tub, horizontal surfaces accumulate dirt. The walking surface of your deck also experiences extreme sun exposure. Typically horizontally surfaces of a wood deck must be cleaned and stained every 2 to 3 years. Vertical surfaces need to be cleaned and stained every 4 to 5 years.
Sealing and staining your wood deck, fence, gazebo, etc. will help protect your wood from warping, cupping, warping and rotting.
The stain you use on your wood is the most important decision you can make.
Due to VOC laws, many manufacturers are moving to water based products. The problem with water based products is that they are not maintainable. Water based products are not removable without sanding or hydrowashing. Oil base stains can be efficiently and safely stripped. When it comes to a deck, never apply a water based product. When it comes to vertical based wood like fences and gazebos, understand that once you stain (paint) it with a water based stain, it is expensive to go back to the natural wood look again.
Benefits of Oil Based Stain
- A natural finish. Oils soak into the wood, not lay on top of it. The beautiful wood grain comes through
- Goes deeper into the wood
- Oils don’t peel. They wear off
- Very durable to the elements
- Maintenance is less costly and not damaging to the wood
- Stays brighter for longer
- Resistant to mold