Many people build their decks to improve the beauty of their backyards while adding value to their home. Wood decks are an investment and as such, should be protected. However, the National Association of Homebuilders estimates that there are currently 20 million unprotected decks in the United States.
Staining is not only an easy solution to protecting your investment, it is also the best way to protect and preserve the wood. But before beginning a staining project, homeowners and contractors should understand the process involves more than just a can and a brush.
“While there are many DIY-ers and pros out there that have experience with woodcare projects, I still find it surprising how unnecessarily intimidating wood staining can be,” says Paul DiMeo, television DIY star. “Having a core set of wood care standards provides professionals, DIY-ers, and homeowners with the correct information they need to properly understand the ins-and-outs of staining.”
DiMeo, along with other industry experts, is a member of the Cabot Woodcare Council Advisory Board. The advisory board is a group of industry experts who have leveraged their collective and individual expertise to develop the standards of wood care, to help solve staining problems and keep projects moving as efficiently as possible.
Before beginning a staining project, the Council reminds everyone to keep the following in mind:
• When choosing a stain, consider the more opaque a stain, the more durability it will have.
• Before beginning a staining project, thoroughly assess your wood for the presence of mold, mildew, and signs of weathering.
• When cleaning the deck, you’ll want to use a gentle cleanser formulated for wood. Regular soap and water will leave behind residue which will reduce penetration.
• The ideal temperature to stain your deck is between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also important to choose a day when no rain is expected for 24 hours.
Whether you are a first-timer at staining or a professional who has been doing it for 20 years, comprehensive staining resources that can benefit anyone can be found at, www.CabotWoodcareCouncil.com.
By staining your deck properly, you can protect