A deck is a beautiful addition to any home, allowing you to enjoy alfresco dining and entertaining in warm weather. You can use decking stain products to change your wood's color and provide high-level UV protection. Staining a deck protects the materials from rain, mold and even algae. This guide will give you deck staining tips and teach you about the different tools to use.
What do I need to stain a deck? Start with three essential tools — brushes, rollers and sprayers. Let's break down the uses and advantages of each.
Brushes are the traditional way of applying stain to your deck. There are a lot of positives to using this tried-and-true method, but there are also some limitations to be aware of when determining the best tools for deck staining.
Benefits of brushes include consistent coverage, accuracy and control. You can get an even coat and manage how much stain you apply to each area, easily painting narrow gaps and hard-to-reach areas. However, when using a brush, you must add at least two coats of stain to your deck to complete the job correctly. If you are in a hurry and need your deck stained quickly, consider looking into another method. It's also nearly impossible to avoid leaving brush marks, which you may find unsightly.
Rollers have distinct pros and cons you should consider when evaluating if they are a good choice for you. They are relatively inexpensive, and using a roller to apply deck stain can be almost twice as fast as using a brush. A roller can be effective when reaching tall areas of your deck and staining side rails and barriers.
Roller drawbacks include the following.
A sprayer is the most efficient deck staining tool you can use. There are benefits to spraying deck stain vs. rolling and painting, but also some drawbacks to remember.
Depending on your deck's size, you can stain it in a matter of minutes with a sprayer tool, getting decent coverage in a single coat with no risk of brush or roller marks. Sprays are also a reliable tool for applying stain through narrow gaps and hard-to-reach spots.
Sprayer limitations include the following.
“How much stain do I need for my deck?” is a fair question, especially for first-time stainers. The amount you need to use will vary depending on your deck's size and if you are also staining rails and stairs. You can use tools to help you with this, but remember that one gallon of stain will cover 175 square feet of deck.
Having some formulas in your back pocket is a wise strategy. Use the following equations to find out how much stain you need.
Here are some helpful staining tips and hacks for you to use to get the job done well.
With 32 locations on Long Island, Aboff's Paints can give you all the tips, tricks, tools and stain you need to keep your deck perfectly maintained and ready for the next season. Every time you stain your deck, we can help you finish the task quickly and efficiently. Find one of our stores or shop online to get everything you need to start staining your deck.