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When Is the Best Time to Stain a Deck?

It is important that your deck is taken care of and is able to withstand the harsh elements that Mother Nature throws at it. The sun, rain, snow, and even wind can cause the appearance of your deck to look old and worn. Staining your deck can not only make the structure look new again but it can also help the deck stay in good condition longer.

The best time to stain you deck is when you have two things that can work together, time and the weather. Depending on how large your deck is will depend on how long it will take you. Ultimately you want two set aside at least two days. If you need to power wash your deck or replace any boards it may take you an extra day or two.

Many people don’t realize that early spring and summer are not the best time to apply stain to a deck. Why? Wood absorbs humidity and takes new treatments best when dry. Staining too early in the spring may lead to peeling or cracking because the wood pores are still saturated, making it very difficult for the wood to absorb the treatment. In the summer, high temperatures can cause the stain to evaporate too quickly for the coating to effectively penetrate the wood. Apply stain when air and wood surface temperatures are between 50° - 90°F; Avoid applying in direct sunlight; don’t apply stain if rain is in the forecast for the next 24-48 hours

It is ideal to stain your deck in a season that experiences mild temperatures. Extreme heat or sun can work against you when you are staining your deck. The direct sunlight can cause the deck to dry too quickly which will leave water marks. If the weather is forecasting for no rain, and you can expect the temperatures to be below 80 or 85 degrees Fahrenheit, make a plan to stain your deck. This will allow the weather to work with you opposed to against you.

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