Staining wood decks is a crucial part of the process. Staining protects your deck from weathering, drying, warping, and other natural weathering. While it will not completely stop these processes, it will protect your deck and keep it looking nice for years to come. Here are suggestions for doing it yourself or hiring a pro.

Do It Yourself

If staining a “silvered out” deck, pressure wash the deck at 3000 psi.  Allow time for the deck to dry. Whether freshly washed or newly built, your deck should have time to dry out.  Generally, CFC recommends at least three weeks of dry time during the summer. If it is installed during the fall or winter, wait until spring or early summer to stain. Check with a local stain pro or paint store for more specific details.

Select a Stain

CFC recommends:

Apply Stain

We recommend buying or renting a stain sprayer, however, you can always brush or roll your stain on. When staining your deck with a sprayer make sure to lay some cardboard or plastic on the ground and near your home or anything you don’t want to stain. This will protect your home and other property from being damaged from overspray.

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