Homeowners stain their decks for many reasons. A beautiful deck coat provides you and your family, extra space for relaxing and entertaining. In addition, a deck coat adds value to the exterior of your home. Like all other outdoor spaces, maintaining your deck can be quite a challenge. However, responsible homeowners invest time and money in protecting their decks from the elements. A poorly maintained deck is not only unsightly, but it also begins to break down with time. Fortunately, Performance Deck-Coat makes it extremely easy to maintain the beauty of your deck and ensure its longevity.
How can I seal and stain my deck?
The primary reason for sealing and staining your deck is to lengthen the wood's lifespan by locking out moisture and preventing the elements from damaging its structure. Performance-Deck Coat is a professional product designed to seal and stain decks with just a coat or two. However, this requires careful preparation and planning. In addition, you need the right tools and materials to get the job done right.
Some of the tools and materials for sealing and staining a deck include:
- Deck cleaner
- Pump sprayer
- Protective gloves
- Safety masks
- Stiff bristle broom
- Garden hose
- Deck stain or sealant
Staining a deck is a simple process, usually consisting of two main steps:
- Cleaning and preparing the deck
- Applying the sealant and deck coat
It is essential to complete these two steps to the latter and allow adequate time for the seal and stain to dry.
Prepare the deck surface by first removing all furniture and other objects on its surface. In addition, inspect the deck for structural damage, including protruding nails and other forms of damage. Be sure to address the damages before you begin sealing or staining your deck. In addition, sweep the entire deck to rid it of debris.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the deck coat. If you are not sure about how to stain or seal a deck, consider hiring an expert.
What is the difference between oil-based and water-based deck coats?
The main difference between oil-based and water-based deck coats is in their chemical composition. As the name suggests, oil-based deck coats require paint thinners or mineral spirits to clean up. On the other hand, water-based deck coats can be cleaned using water alone. In addition, there are slight variations in the results and applications of oil-based and water-based deck coats.
Many people consider oil-based deck coats aesthetically pleasing than water-based deck coats. Oil-based deck coats contain natural resins that penetrate deep into the wood resulting in a more vibrant and natural finish. On the downside, oil-based deck coats are susceptible to damage by mold and algae.
Water-based deck coats are more environmentally friendly because of their high resistance to mold and algae. In addition, they do not require paint thinners to clean. On the downside, many water-based deck coats do not provide a deep and natural finish.
Performance Deck-Coat is specially formulated to be environmentally friendly and provide a rich and natural finish. Please stop by our shop today to learn more about Performance Deck-Coat.