DECK & FENCE SEALING & STAINING
Here’s what you didn’t know about protecting your wood decks or fences:
Choosing a stain or sealer for your wood deck is more complicated than you may have thought. There are hundreds of different preservatives on the market. How do you know which one to choose? First you should understand the different categories: clear water sealers (No UV), solid stains, transparent stains, and semi-transparent stains. The majority of those stains will provide UV protection against the sun, however clear water sealers essentially provide nothing but water repellency.
Water protection is a very important part of the preservative – it will help prevent gradual wood decay. That said, UV protection may be of even greater importance. Without it, the wood will lose its color and grey out prematurely. Not all stains are created equal. Some have better UV protection than others, depending on the technology used. The trick is knowing which of all these deck stains is best. Here’s a tip: the higher the opacity (level of pigments) the longer the stain will last. But as you can probably guess, the longer-lasting stains (like an acrylic formula) will usually cost more money to remove in the future, and for that reason are not usually recommended.
Other things to consider include the age of the wood, its condition, and how well it has been maintained in the past. Also remember to consider the amount of shade on your deck, the amount of foot traffic, the climate, surrounding trees, etc. This may seem like a lot to consider, but every deck has unique characteristics and conditions, and your deck may benefit from a certain stain more than another.
We understand – the average joe doesn’t spend too much time worrying about wood stains. A lot of this probably goes right over their heads. Every year, large amounts of people simply hire a professional company to worry about these small details for them. But be careful – many companies do not have a strong understanding of how different stain formulas work! If you really want to extend the life of your deck by using exactly the right wood preservative, there’s only one company to call – DeckMaster. Our team of trained technicians know wood preservatives better than anyone. The only decision you’ll have to make is what color you want, and how long you want the preservative to last. We’ll handle the rest to ensure you get the best product and treatment available. With years of experience using the industry’s top stains and sealers, we really are deck masters. Don’t trust your valuable investment in the hands of imitators.
- Clear Water Sealers: Waterproof only. No UV protection. Will gray out quickly due to lack of pigments. Does not require high skills or expensive equipment to apply. Widely used by other companies to keep prices low. (Not recommended).
- Transparent/clear Stains: Excellent UV protection, water repellent, mildew resistance, color retention, breathable. Requires maintenance every 2 yrs. Best maintenance value. Professional skills & equipment are a must. (Recommended).
- Semi-transparent Stains: Extreme UV protection, water repellent, mildew mold resistance, excellent color retention. Requires maintenance every 2-3 yrs. Great maintenance value. (Recommended if richer, more obscure tone is desired).
- Solid Stains: Maximum UV protection, water clean up, mildew & mold clean up, maximum color retention. Requires maintenance every 4 yrs. Most costly maintenance. Only recommended for vertical surfaces such as siding and railings.
DeckMaster™ provides high quality deck & fence cleaning, sealing, construction and repair services in Montgomery County, Maryland: Gaithersburg, Germantown, Darnestown, Potomac, Bethesda, Rockville, Kensington, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Colesville, Boyds, Damascus, Clarksburg, Montgomery Village, Laytonsville, Burtonsville, Ashton, Poolsville. Frederick County, Maryland: Frederick, Mount Airy, Urbana. Fairfax County, Virginia: Mclean, Vienna, Reston, Falls Church, Arlington, Herdon, Alexandria, Fairfax, Springfield & Washington D.C.