Whether it’s heavy rain or a pile of snow, water can take a huge toll on the condition of your wood deck. The good news is that if your stain is still repelling water, it’s still protecting your deck. If it doesn’t, or you notice it’s repelling less water than it did previously, you’ll know that it’s time to stain again. When you consider all of the stains there are on the market, low-quality ones will need to be reapplied every year, while high-quality ones can last upwards of three years.
For those of you who own an old deck that may be starting to splinter, your best bet will be to apply a solid stain that can help afford you a couple more years. Believe it or not, the stain can actually hold any loose ends together like splinters and fill in any cracks that would allow water to enter through. If you’ve decided it’s time for your deck to receive another coating of stain, follow the steps below to get the job done correctly the first time. And if you’re looking for under-deck drainage, don’t hesitate to contact Colorado Deck Drain Experts.
Check The Weather
If the weather is bad while you’re out staining your deck, you’re probably not going to get the job done correctly and may have to start over. Wood stain doesn’t not adhere well to wood that is wet, damp, cracked, or peeling. It will apply best to wood that is dry and it hasn’t rained for at least a couple days. If you live in a humid place, you’re just going to have to deal with the best you can get.
Prepare The Surface
You can’t expect good results if you just whip out your stain and start applying it. You should start by cleaning off your deck by sweeping off any dirt, looking for splintered spots, and using a pressure washer or deck cleaner to make sure it’s thoroughly clean. If you decide to go this route, however, you’re going to need to wait several more days for it to dry. So, if you live in an area that’s really rainy or it’s the rainy season, staining your deck may not be the best thing to do. If you’re cleaning a deck before 2004, you may want to hire an expert or wear a mask because this wood may release toxic arsenic that is very harmful to breathe in.
Spray, Roll, or Brush
Now, you’ll have some options as to how you want to stain your deck. There are three common ways people will do this: spraying, rolling, or brushing. All-in-all, they’re each viable options, but each has its pros and cons. The two rules you need to keep in mind when staining is that you want it to penetrate deep into the wood and you want to only apply a thin layer. As long as you keep these in mind, you should be fine.
If you decide to use a roller, you may need to keep a brush on hand anyways in order to make touchups. Rollers are quick, but it’s slightly more difficult to access all the different nooks and crannies. If you’re brushing, be prepared to spend a little extra time getting the job done. On the other hand, if you’re using a sprayer, this comes with its own concerns. Since sprayers tend to overspray, you’ll want to put it on its lowest settings and take it slow to avoid getting stain anywhere that you don’t want it. You should be able to find a sprayer for rent or to buy at any hardware store.
Be Careful What You Apply
Last, but certainly not least, you need to know exactly what you’re applying to your deck. Each stain will have its advantages and disadvantages and if there’s a stain already on your deck, this could affect which type of stain you apply. For example, if the wood is already coated with a solid stain, you won’t be able to apply a semitransparent or clear stain over the top of it. A solid stain will clog up the wood pores and the stain will not be able to sink into it or adhere to it. However, a solid stain can be applied over this type of stain or any other stain for that matter.
Contact Colorado Deck Drain Experts
If you want your deck to be fully protected when the weather gets dicey, you’re going to need an under-deck drainage system. These drainage systems will help keep water off and away from your deck in order to prevent rotting and damage. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information or to get started with your free consultation.