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5 Easy Steps to Staining Your Deck Like a Pro

Monday, February 2nd, 2015, 7:24 am , Posted by Admin

Having a deck is one of the best ways to maximize the exterior space at home. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax, enjoy the nice weather and the company of friends and family. However, to ensure you have a safe and aesthetically pleasing place to spend time, you need to put the time and effort into properly maintaining your deck. One of ways to do this is to stain your deck regularly.

Staining your deck not only enhances its look, it also helps to protect it against the elements – something that will help you extend your decks lifespan and get the best possible return in your investment. Building a deck can be expensive and staining it will help you get the most out of it for years to come.

Here are 5 easy steps to stain your deck like a pro:

  • Assess the condition of your deck: Before you do anything, it’s important to assess the condition of the wood on your deck. This will help you determine the best course of action. Look for mould and mildew, trouble spots and any areas they may need to be repaired before you start the staining process. Power washall the dirt, chipped paint, and other debris.
  • Prep your decks surface: Choose a cleaning product that best suits the needs of your deck. Use a wood cleaner or wood brightener, scrub the deck and then let it dry before applying any stain.
  • Choose your preferred deck stain: There are many different types of deck stain to choose from. Ideally, you want to choose one that makes sense for the colour, type, and condition of your wood. You may also want to consider the style you want to achieve – do you want something rustic, modern, or shabby? How much wood grain do you want to show through? Is durability or look more important?
  • Stain the deck: Always apply stain to a clean and dry surface. Therefore, it’s important to choose a day where there is not rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours to ensure the stain can dry properly. Investing in good quality brushes and stain supplies will ensure the job is easier and the stain goes on properly. Start on one end of the deck and work towards an opening on the other end of the deck.
  • Touch ups: Once the initial staining is complete, do the touch-ups. There may be areas that require a little more stain to smooth out the colour of the stain. Again, make sure there is no rain in the forecast before doing the touch ups.

Staining your deck can be a relatively simple process if you take the time to plan, prepare, and choose the right products and supplies. If you are planning on staining your deck, or any other wood surface, contact us today! We are happy to assist you with all your deck staining needs – we have all the deck staining products you need to stain your deck like a pro!

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