.Wood Decks an always exposed to severe weather conditions and more extended periods of exposure may lead to shrinking and swelling of wood, checks, and cracks, raised grains and mildew growth, enhancing the chances of insect attack and wood rot. To best maintain the durability and longevity of the deck, proper maintenance is required. Treating a wood deck with a stain, sealers, and finishes will lessen the problems mentioned above and ensure sustainability.
About Wood Deck Stains - These days numerous types of stains are available, that provide the deck much-needed protection from harsh weather conditions. They enhance the look of the wood by redefining its original color or emphasizing its natural grains and circles. A stain that may improve the look on one type of wood may not be suitable for the other guy, hence it is essential to know which type of stain suits which type of wood. A deck stain should be for exterior use.
Deck Stains may be oil based or water based. Different types of stains are available for different types of wood, like cedar and pressure treated wood. They can be solid or semi-transparent. Sealants that are clear or transparent can also be called stains. Solid stains provide a more consistent color to the deck. Semi-transparent stains enhance the natural looks of the wood; however, offer lesser protection from sunlight compared to the solid ones.
Tip on Proper Wood Deck Staining - Most of the people tend to do over coating of stains which is not recommended as leads to build up of the material forming a film that may eventually peel or crack. On a water repellent wood, over coating results in sticky surfaces as it prevents proper drying up.
Before applying the stain, the deck should be clean of all debris and mildew growth and completely dry. Dyes can be implemented using roller, brush, spray or a pad; however, brushing is considered the best method. For large, horizontal deck surfaces, spraying is fast and easy. For deck sidings, paint rollers can a used. The coating should be done carefully to prevent uneven layers. Individual pieces of wood on the deck have to be coated along their entire length to avoid surface and marking laps. It is essential to read the label instructions before using the stains considering the safety and environmental aspects.