Colorado residents know the state sees four very distinct seasons. While winter is well-known to Colorado Springs sports enthusiasts, it is also well-known to wooden structures. The bitterly cold snowy, windy season can take a toll on decks and fences while the rest of the year offers up rain. The elements can be rather unforgiving to wooden decks or fences, so it is vital to practice good upkeep, and this does involve staining. Here are some tips to help you prepare your deck and/or fence for staining and a comparison of solid and transparent stains.
Prepping your Deck/Fence
One of the most important things you can do to help prep your deck or fence is make sure it’s clean before staining it. This is also a good time to perform basic repairs like replacing nails or boards. If there are any major damages, you can also sand these down or replace the wood if necessary. You will need to protect your lawn, plants, vegetation, and any surfaces that will be close to the staining area since it is called stain for a reason.
Cleaning your deck or fence with a hose or pressure washer will expose the healthier surface you will stain, which will help the color adhere better. If there is any old stain left over, you will get the best results by stripping it away and making sure the surface is dry before proceeding. When it comes to prepping your deck, make sure you have cleaned everything off of it and sweep it to make sure there is no debris between the boards.
Solid stains are similar to regular paint. It sits on the surface of the wood and hides most of the grain as this stain provides the most coverage and protection. There is a wide variety of color options and the full coverage will hide imperfections. The thicker formula can fill in blemishes, so it is handy for concealing any damage. Solid stained surfaces are easier to clean plus will withstand weather damage for 3-5 years since they are moisture resistant. As winters in Colorado Springs are rather intense, this is a major benefit of solid stains.
Transparent stains sink into wood rather than form a film on top of it. They offer a natural look as they mimic wood’s natural color and let the grain show through. These stains do offer protection from weather damage and seasonal changes in Colorado Springs. While solid stains are susceptible to cracking, peeling, and blistering, transparent stains are resistant to this damage. However, these stains do not cover imperfections so they will expose any blemishes. You will have to make sure your deck or fence is in good repair if you choose this option. The color choice for transparent stains is more limited and darker shades offer more UV protections than lighter shades. If you choose this stain, you will have to re-stain about once every two years.
Although staining a deck or fence is a big project it provides lasting value. The stain will protect wooden surfaces meaning you will probably not face major repair or replacement costs. If some repairs are needed, you are simply getting this out of the way in preparation for a fresh coat of stain. Essentially, you are performing two improvement tasks at once. This preventative maintenance will preserve the life of your structure in Colorado Springs, while saving you money in the long run.
AB Painting & Dry Wall can help make this process as easy and hassle free for you as possible. From power washing your fence/deck for you, replacing wood that may be worn down to helping you choose the right stain for your project and more. Call us today to get started on your project!