Add Years to Your Deck with Stain

A beautiful wood deck is a wonderful addition to your home, giving you a raised area for outdoor entertaining. Decks have the advantage of keeping your outdoor living space above ground, out of the mud and away from pests. One disadvantage of wood decks is that they are vulnerable to rot. Weather takes its toll on wood, which can lead to premature replacement costs if protective options are not used. Stain is a perfect way to help keep your wood deck looking beautiful, while protecting it from rot.

Benefits of Deck Stain

Stain, when the right option is used, can offer many benefits for your wood deck. The reason that decks deteriorate is from exposure to the elements. Water is the natural enemy to wood, resulting in rot. The sun also has an impact, drying out the wood and weakening the planks. Stain that offers waterproofing and UV protection can protect the wood. This can reduce the chance of rotting, fading or drying wood on your deck, extending the life of your deck.

Another benefit of wood stain is it can protect the beauty of your deck. You can change the color of your wood if you prefer or just keep it the natural color with clear stain. Either way, it can help improve the aesthetics of your deck while it protects and extends the life of the wood.

Staining does need to be done every few years to keep protecting your deck. Save yourself the time and trouble and hire a landscaper that offers decking staining services. You can sit back and relax while your deck is stained and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful wood deck for many more years.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

How Often Should You Seal Your Deck?

Deck sealant and certain types of stain help protect the wood from rot and extend the life of your deck. Most decks are stained or sealed when they are constructed, but sealant needs to be added as part of ongoing maintenance to continue that protection. Rain, snow, ice and direct sunshine can all impact the lifespan of sealant. Here is how to know when it is time to reseal your deck.

Average Life Span

Quality deck sealants, under ideal conditions, can last a few years. Many brands will claim that the sealant will protect wood from three to five years. However, the conditions, how it was applied and traffic on your deck can all impact how long the sealant will last. Plus, high traffic areas may wear thin, even if the sealant is still working on the perimeter areas.

Water Test

One way to check if you deck sealant is doing its job is to do the water test. Pour a small glass of water on the highest traffic area and observe the deck surface. Does the water bead or does it spread out and begin to absorb into the wood? Sealant is meant to put a layer of protection to keep moisture, and rot, out of the wood. If the water is not beading, the sealant is no longer doing its job.

If it is time to reseal, this is also a good time to consider repairs. Adding sealant to a damaged board will not necessarily prevent further deterioration. Contact your local deck contractor to inspect your deck and make any repairs that are needed before they add another coat of sealant.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766