Jul 21 2009

What Type of Deck Stain is Best For Me

As you may already know, there are three basic kinds of deck stains available on the market: clear, semi-transparent, and opaque stains. Although each type of stain will help to protect and prolong the life and looks of your deck, each different type of stain has a different reapplication rate and special characteristics. Remember that [...]

Jul 8 2009

How to Clean a Deck (Don’t Use Chlorine Bleach)

When it comes to cleaning your deck, some people might feel tempted to pull out some bleach from the garage and get started. Stop! Before you do this, you need to make sure that you are very careful. Chlorine bleach does an excellent job of killing bacteria and viruses, but has not been proven effective [...]

Jun 17 2009

How to Use a Pressure Washer on a Wood Deck

Pressure washing your deck is a great way to clean it up and prep it for a new coat of stain or sealer. Although some claim that a garden hose is safer for cleaning your deck, a garden hose alone doesn’t really provide enough pressure to really make a difference. When using a pressure washer, [...]

Apr 14 2009

Deck Cleaning and Repair

For many American homeowners, warm weather is an invitation to take the party out to the backyard patio or deck. Before you haul out the grill and light the tiki torches, however, take some time to do a little preventive maintenance. “This is the time to do a few simple things that will make your [...]

Apr 9 2009

How to Stain Your Deck Like a Pro

Having spent my entire adult life working with paints and stains, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that homeowners who stain their own decks, for the most part, end up at the conclusion of their project, dissatisfied. Dissatisfied, after staining their deck, that their deck didn’t turn out looking as good as [...]

Apr 7 2009

The Best Deck Stains

In this article, we’re going to talk about the different types of stains – which are the best deck stains and which are the worst deck stains to put on your wood. If you’ve been doing any research on how to stain a deck or patio, you’ve probably noticed that deck stains usually come in one of two categories: water-based deck sealers and oil based deck sealers. There’s some very important differences between the two that you need to be aware of.