How To Choose the Right Stain for Your Deck

Is your backyard deck ready for a makeover? Years of UV exposure, wind, rain, and general wear can make your deck dull and prone to damage. Once you've decided it's time to stain your weathered deck, the choices of stains—such as penetrating, ready seal, semi-transparent, semi-solid, oil-based, and water-based—can be overwhelming. Reineke Decorating Center is here to help you find the right option for deck stain Creve Coeur MO.

Consider your deck's unique characteristics and environmental conditions when choosing an exterior stain. Since there are many factors to consider in selecting suitable exterior wood stains, here are three questions to get started and point you in the right direction:

  • How much traffic does your deck get? For example, if your deck is used mainly as a place to sit and read a book and doesn't get much foot traffic, you may not need as heavy-duty a stain as one that gets heavier use.
  • Do you want the natural wood grain to be visible? If seeing the original color and variations of the wood is important to you, opt for a semi-transparent stain that will allow the natural color of the wood to show through. If that's not important to you, a solid stain will add protection and complete coverage to the original wood grain.
  • What's the weather like? Do you live in an area with extended periods of freezing temperatures or long periods of rain? Or is it typically dry and sunny? For example, if your deck gets frequent sun exposure, a stain with some pigment, rather than a transparent stain, will offer the UV protection your deck needs.

No matter what type of wood your deck is made of or the environment, we'll help you find the best exterior stain for your project. With a knowledgeable and experienced team of experts ready to answer your questions, Reineke Decorating Center makes choosing the right stain simple and easy, so you can get on to what's most important—finishing your project and enjoying your rejuvenated, weather-protected deck.