There’s more to staining than just making your wood look beautiful. Staining is the best way to protect your investment and preserve and beautify your deck.
All wood types need to be protected, no matter if the wood is chemically-treated or naturally protected. While cedar and redwood are naturally resistant to rot and decay, these woods still need to be protected from discoloration and UV degradation.
Before jumping into your staining project, there are a lot of factors to consider. For starters, you’ll need to consider the climate in which you live, the wood type and its current condition, and what you plan on using the space for. Only after considering these initial questions, can you start to think about the products and techniques you’ll use for your project.
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Exterior wood is under constant attack from various elements: moisture, UV rays, temperature changes and contamination.
Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays will fade wood & start the aging process that leads to wood degradation and graying.
If allowed to soak into to wood on a consistent basis along with temperature changes, can cause a number of catastrophic problems such as:
- Splitting and checking
- Wood rot
- Fungal growth in the form of mildew, mold, & algae
As the wood expands and contracts, stain will maintain the wood’s integrity and waterproofing. Need to protect against large temperature variations, especially when moisture is involved (snow melting and refreezing in wood).
Anything from mold & mildew to dirt and pollen or sap from trees. Stain helps protect and keeps it easy to clean and maintain.