Wood Staining Tips for Your New Deck

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Decks add a thoroughly enjoyable element to outdoor living, whether they are constructed from specialty woods or standard grades of lumber. When they are appropriately sealed and treated, decks will last for many years and maintain a beautiful appearance. It's important to seal or stain your new wood deck with the right type of stain and the right techniques. This will help your wood deck retain its beauty and function for many years to come.

Choosing a Stain

Naturally, homeowners will want to select the right type of stain in terms of color and protection. Semi-transparent stain is a good option if you’re unsure what to choose, offering a good level of protection against moisture and ultraviolet rays. The color of the stain will also have a large effect on the final appearance of your deck. Lighter lumber will accept many different shades of stain very well. Darker specialty woods will behave a little differently, so it's a good idea to talk with a specialist at your home improvement store or with your lumber provider for recommendations.

Applying the Stain

After the deck is entirely installed, thoroughly read the instructions on the stain container to ensure you know how to follow the outlined procedure before beginning. This will help you avoid problems during the process and finish the project quickly. The wood will likely have to be sanded before you can apply stain. Before staining the entire deck, test the stain on a small, inconspicuous section to make sure you like the color and look.

Using a brush or sponge applicator, apply the stain in the direction of the grain. After every few strokes, wipe away any excess stain with a rag, also in the direction of the grain. To thoroughly avoid missed spots, the stain may need to be applied in layers or different coats. Avoid adding too much stain in one area, and make sure that the stain penetrates crevices.

To learn more about constructing a beautiful new deck from quality lumber or specialty woods, contact Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. You can also visit us online to learn more about our selection of lumber.

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