Choosing a StainChoose Your Stain
When choosing a stain consider, “What is more important? Aesthetic appeal or maximum durability?” The rule of thumb is the more opaque a stain, the more durability it will have. The trade-off of using more opaque stains is that you’re unable to see the wood grain, which is most likely why you own a wood deck or maintain wood siding.
|STAIN TYPE||WHAT IT DOES||HOW LONG IT LASTS||WHY TO CHOOSE|
|CLEAR||Repel water and defend against some UV damage||Colorless transparent water sealers usually have a short life of about 1 season||Use when staining is not an option, or when you want to naturally grey the wood|
|Shows the grain but imparts much more color to the surface||Semi-transparent stains should be reapplied every 1 to 2 years||Easier to recoat|
|SEMI-SOLID||Imparts more color than a semi-transparent stain and also hides more of the grain||Will add another year or two, but should be checked regularly||Easier to recoat|
|SOLID||Shows none of the wood grain but offers maximum durability and protection for the surface||Can last 5 years or more on a sound surface without heavy wear||Lasts longer, covers more blemishes, matches colors for replaced boards, richer color|