Staining a wooden deck is a key part of managing the outdoor living space of your home. Staining a deck not only improves its functionality, but also enhances its aesthetics. A stained deck is more waterproof than one which is not stained, and staining will help you bring out the vivid colours and natural textures of your deck’s surface. It is important to learn how to stain your deck to make sure your home is always looking fresh and well-kept.
However, staining your deck may not be as simple as it looks – especially if it is your first time. Here are five useful tips to help you stain your deck correctly and without any problems!
1. Be mindful of the weather
Before starting to stain your deck, make sure you are planning on staining your deck during optimal weather conditions. Although simple, it is important to check the weather forecast on the day you are planning on staining your deck, as rain will wet your wood and your stains won’t be able to adhere to your deck well. Dry weather is the best for staining your wood, as the heat and low humidity levels will allow your stains to dry faster. However, make sure it is not too sunny, as the stain may dry faster than the wood can absorb it.
2. Prepare before staining your deck
There are a couple of preparation procedures you can follow to make sure you are staining your deck correctly. You will need to sand the surface of your wooden deck clean so that it is smooth and ready to absorb the stain. It is also helpful to cover any areas that you do not want stained with easily removable masking tapes and cloths before starting to stain. Another tip is to stir your staining mixture well beforehand so that chemicals are evenly mixed, and you finish staining your wood with a consistent colour and texture.
3. Use the appropriate tools for different areas of your deck
To make sure you are not getting stains where you don’t want them, but also not spending too much time painting your deck, choose the correct painting tools when staining your deck. Use a small paint brush to stain the edges and corners of your deck. Using small paint brushes along the edge of your deck will make sure it does not get onto walls or other surfaces. Paint with long brush strokes and blend in your stain as you go. After painting the outline of your deck with a small brush, you can use bigger paining tools to fill in the rest. Lamb wools applicators are a good option to consider if you would like to stain your wood fast with even blending.
4. Choose the right stain type for your wood
There are different types of stains which are suitable to different types of wood. Stains vary in longevity, colour and texture so it is important to research which ones are most effective on your deck’s wood type and how they match with your tastes. The most common types of stains include solid stains (similar to regular paint), semi-transparent stains (allow for wood grains to peek through the colour) and clear sealers stains (little to no pigment). Most stains last three to five years and there are different types of deck stain colours to choose from.
5. Start with thin coats
Individuals who are staining for the first time often make the mistake of believing that more layers of stain mean that their wooden deck is better protected. However, this is not the case. Layering too much stain on your deck can actually have the opposite effect, as the wood is unable to absorb the stain and thus, the stain peels and cracks quicker and more easily. Therefore, it is important to start with thin layers first and to stain your wood with two layers at the maximum. Stain types like solid stains usually require only one layer, while semi-transparent stains and clear sealer stains require two thin layers. If you layer your stains correctly, you will get a uniform and long-lasting finish.
Staining a deck can be an incredibly difficult task but it is integral to improving the quality of your home’s outdoor living space. Follow these five tips to make sure nothing goes wrong!