When you are in the process of updating your house, as homeowners do on occasion, you may find that you need to update the look of your deck — or perhaps you have recently built a deck in front or back of your home.
It’s important when doing so to avoid certain key errors that people tend to make in the process of staining a deck as they will invariably make for either a poorly stained deck or a staining project that costs more than it should and takes too long.
When you’re looking at taking on a deck staining project, you may think that it’s possible to get it all done in one day — and the extent to which this is erroneous cannot be overstated.
Any deck staining project will have with it a number of steps, each of which will take a considerable amount of time, including one that cannot be skipped or sped up — waiting for the deck to dry.
This is going to be the case whether you are waiting for it to dry after you wash it prior to starting the staining process or even when you are staying idly by while the stain dries.
When you have a brand new deck, whether that means that you have built it yourself (good for you!) or you have had someone build it for you (that’s okay, too), you may be tempted to jump right into staining the deck.
This would not be a good idea — you need time to allow the deck to properly age, that is to say, that the wood needs to get some of its interior moisture out over time.
This should be at least six months and, ideally, should not be less than that.
It’s perfectly understandable that you might have a set budget for your deck staining project, and there are many things you can do to save money while you are staining your deck.
Going with cheap stain should not be one of them — for quite a few reasons.
The most important reason that you shouldn’t even consider using cheap stain is that in the long run, the cheap stain is going to cost you more than a more costly stain.
This is because the cheaper stains don’t last nearly as long, and so even though you can save money upfront by getting a budget stain, you could find yourself staring at a deck in need of being stained six months later.
There are good times of the day to stain your deck, and less good times of the day to stain it.
Early in the morning is a better time of the day to stain your deck than later on in the day because the heat that you see during the day fluctuates, and the temperature earlier in the day is better for staining than it is later on in the day.
Do yourself a favor and don’t wait too long to stain in the day.
There can be too much of a good thing, in this case, the good thing being stain.
If you apply too much strain to your deck, it absolutely does not improve the deck in any way but will just be a waste of stain.
Generally speaking, your stain will give you a good idea of how many coats you will need, but it’s very likely that going past two will not be necessary.