Harsh summer and cold winter months can wear away a stained deck quickly in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Maple Grove, Edina, and all over the Twin Cities. So here are tips to make your deck look new again.
A freshly stained deck will not only put a smile on your face, but impress your summertime house guests, as well.
This article will quickly walk you through the different types of stains, when to stain your deck, how to prepare your deck for staining, and finally, tips to properly stain your deck. First…
Watch the weather
Make sure the weather report doesn’t indicate rain for 24 to 48 hours. Best temperature for staining is between 50 and 85 degrees.
Pick a Deck Stain
Clear stain protects the deck without obscuring the wood grain. Semi-transparent stain shows some color while letting most of the natural wood grain show through. Solid stain protects and hides wood grain.
When to Stain Your Deck
If you’re eager to stain a new deck, allow it to cure for 1 to 3 months before applying stain. How can you tell it’s ready? Pour water on the deck. If it pools up, it’s not ready. But if it soaks in, it’s ready to be stained.
Preparing the Deck
If you’re looking to restain an old deck, maximize adhesion by sanding away any loose or peeling parts. Sand new wood surfaces to maximize penetration. Get rid of mold and mildew by applying wood cleaner with a roller. Allow the surface to dry for 48 hours.
Make sure to frequently stir stain. The stain applies more evenly when working out of direct sunlight. Apply stain one board at a time. Flat polyester or nylon brushes are the preferred applicators. Don’t apply stain too heavily. Two thin coats should be enough. Vertical surfaces may be easier with a power sprayer. Allow stain to dry for 24 hours.
Above all, have fun. If painting or staining doesn’t sound like fun, we would love to talk about teaming up for your next project. What do you have in mind? How can we transform your home with a little paint? Let us know!