Having a well-stained deck can make a huge difference in the appearance, and maintenance of your deck. A deck is a nice addition to your home as well as a pretty significant investment, so keeping it looking nice and well maintained is to your advantage.
You’re going to want to know what you’re doing before you start staining a new deck- if not you may not be satisfied with the results. By taking the time to learn about when, how much and how long it takes to stain a new deck you can come up with a plan that ensures you’ll be happy with your results.
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When To Stain A New Deck
What condition is the wood on the deck? If it’s brand new pressure treated lumber it isn’t going to be ready. Give it a few months to weather and lose moisture before starting your project.
You’re also going to want to take into account the current weather in your area and consider which season of the year would be the best time to start work. Depending on the condition of your wood and the humidity in your area, you might want to consider waiting between 3-12 months before starting the project.
Make sure you clean your deck before starting. There may be crushed grain from the lumber mill if your deck is brand new, and older decks can have all kinds of accumulated dirt or wear and tear. Once you’ve used cleaning chemicals make sure you thoroughly rinse the deck with water, you don’t want cleaners to remain on your deck after they’ve served their initial purpose.
Types Of Stain For Your Deck
You can choose between solid color stains, semi-transparent stains, toners and clear sealers, depending on the look you want your deck to have. Solid color stains can cover up imperfections in the wood, while semitransparent stains add color as well as allowing the natural color to shine through. Toners and clear stains highlight the natural wood grain. All stains are going to enhance your deck’s durability. Make sure you use a wood brightener before you start because they will prepare the surface for the stain as well as improve the appearance of old wood. Remember not to overdo it with your stain! Too much can cause peeling because it affects the breathability of the wood. You want your work and expenses to have lasting benefit. When in doubt, read the directions specified by the label on the back of the can.
How Long Does It Take To Stain A Deck?
After you’ve done your preparation, the actual process of staining your deck only takes a couple of hours (depending on the size of the deck) in good dry weather. Humidity will increase the amount of time the stain will need to take effect. The condition of the wood is another factor to keep in mind. If your wood is pretreated it has to be dried first. If the wood was previously stained, you will have to apply stain stripper, and wait for it to take effect and dry off, as well as apply brightener. In most circumstances, a weekend is enough time to plan out a deck staining project. Don’t forget to allow your stained deck at least 24 hours to dry out before you start moving furniture onto it or having people step on the wood any more than necessary.
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