People often ask us why they should stain their decking. While it may initially sound like an aesthetic task, the fact is that staining is more of a protective factor. Your decking is constantly exposed to the elements; rain, wind, snow, ice, etc., not to mention damage from the people who use the decking area! Properly staining and finishing your deck not only makes it look good, but protects it and extends its life significantly. There are various types of stain available, which offer a range of looks and protection.
Clear stains, as the name suggests, will not really change the appearance of your decking and will allow the grain of the deck planks to show through. While they do contain preservatives and water repellent, they are the least durable of deck staining solutions. This type of stain will need reapplied on an annual basis if not more. Another thing to note is that clear stain will not protect your decking from the harmful UV rays of the sun. There are some composite stains available, and our team of professionals can advise on which stain best suits your decking area.
A semi-transparent stain will give a slight color tint to your deck planks but will also allow the wooden grain to remain visible. They have greater durability than clear stains and also offer a higher degree of protection. This type of staining is also less susceptible to peeling. However, they will lose a degree of color over time and will need regularly recoated. With years of experience in staining decks, the Omaha Deck Contractors team can advise on your choice of stain then ensure that it is applied professionally.
One Time Wood
Seen by many as the Rolls Royce of wood stains, this rich brand comes with a rich price. But for those looking for premier deck staining, then this is the product you are looking for. This is ideal when your deck has not been previously stained and comes in several colors including red cedar and golden honey. One-time wood is an acrylic product with a deep pine scent. It is extremely durable when compared to the other staining options and it comes with a seven-year warranty from the manufacturer. That said, for optimum appearance, we recommend that you reapply every four or five years.
If you believed everything you saw on YouTube, then applying stain to your decking should be an easy DIY task. After all, it’s just like painting. Or is it? The fact is, it is a lot more than painting. As it is not only about appearance but also about ongoing protection, then it is essential that it is done correctly. Missed patches or poorly applied stain can lead to peeling and other damage. Always choose a professional company such as Omaha Deck Contractors to do the job properly. Our team have garnered lots of experience over the years and always do a premium job.