Mr. Friendly's DIY Corner: Deck Staining

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It's summer time and you have probably been out enjoying the outdoors around the BBQ, pool, or relaxing on your porch. And you may have noticed that your porch may be ready for a new coat of stain. Now this may seem like a daunting task, but Mr. Friendly has some great tips to get your deck looking great in no time! We carry a great selection of deck finishes that will not only bring more eye appeal to your home but also help your deck last for years or give it new life.

The first step in staining or sealing your deck is to clean and prep the deck surface. The easiest way to get your deck clean is with a good deck wood cleaner and a power washer. Check out this video by Defy on how to get your deck prepped and ready for staining.

Now your deck is cleaned and ready for some color! Besides picking out the perfect color you'll need to decide on the type of finish as well. There are typically two types of stain finishes, semi-transparent and solid. Semi-transparent stain gives the wood plenty of rich color and lets you see lots of beautiful wood grain. Solid color stains on the other hand completely cover up all wood grain for one solid uniform color. Solid color stain will typically last longer as well, so keep that in mind. There are also semi-solid stains (You see a little wood grain) and stains that have a satin luster to them for more visual appeal. Depending on the brand and type of stain you purchase, always follow the manufacturers directions for application.  

Maybe your deck is beginning to show it's age and you're thinking it may be time to replace deck boards. Deck stains aren't able to hide the cracks and gouges of old worn out deck boards. But before you change those boards you might be able to give your deck a facelift with a deck coating. Cabot Deck Correct and Rustoleum Rocksolid offer great products that can fill in cracks and imperfections to give your old deck new life. Check it out! 

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