How to Choose the Right Color and Type of Stain to Treat Your Deck

So your new wood deck has been up for several months now. The wood on it is more than ready to accept a new coat of stain to make that custom deck look even better. Picking out a stain to use on your deck is not as easy as one might think. Not only are there many choices of stain in the home improvement marketplace but there are some things to consider too before choosing the stain you will apply. Here are some important questions to ask yourself before purchasing any deck stain.

What Color Stain Will Look Best in My Situation?

There are two main things to consider when choosing any color deck stain. First you must consider what color stain will enhance the looks of the type of wood your custom deck is made of. Secondly, you need to decide if that color stain will go ok with your house paint color and the other landscaping features near your deck. Look to achieve a little balance here.

Not sure if you got the color of your stain right after your purchase? Then be smart before applying it and test it in an inconspicuous area on your deck first.

Is the Grain of Your Wood Decking Worth Accentuating?

In general most stains will enhance the natural grain of the wood from which your deck is made. This is not always a good thing and something to definitely consider when selecting your stain color choice. For example; the grain on pressure treated pine is mostly unremarkable so it’s not a grain you want your stain color to enhance. On the other hand, if your deck is made using a hardwood with great looking grain such as Philippine mahogany, the right stain can bring this grain out even more and make your deck look absolutely stunning.

Do You Want to Preserve the Wood or Just Stain It?

You will basically have two types of stains to choose from when shopping. These are oil based and water based stains. The only type of stain that will penetrate your wood decking and help preserve it is an oil based stain. Water based stains will inhibit UV ray damage but will not preserve the wood at all.

Should I Get Professional Advice When Choosing My Deck Stain?

One thing you should never be afraid to do when choosing a stain for your new deck is to ask advice from the pros. After all, they know decks and deck coverings as well as anyone. Master custom deck builders like Evergreen Renovations & Roofing of Beaverton, Oregon will be able to expertly guide you when you are trying to pick out your new deck stain. So don’t ever be afraid to get a professional opinion when selecting a stain color and type for your new deck. This should help make your new deck staining project turn out even better than you ever imagined possible.

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