After cleaning the deck for the first time this summer, you may find that it’s not looking as good as it did last year. You may want to spruce it up with a sealant or stain. Knowing the difference between the two is important before you do anything. So what is the difference between deck sealing and staining?
Deck sealing is used to prevent water from penetrating the surface of the wood. Most sealants on the market today contain UV protectant to help preserve the integrity of the wood from ultraviolet damage. With regular application, sealing can help the wood maintain its natural look for many years.
The downside to deck sealants is the fact that they’re waxed-based. This provides a protective barrier that prevents water from getting in, but it also causes the water to bead up and not drain away. Some decks can see standing water for days after a heavy rain because of the protectant. To keep the protection in place, it’s also necessary to reduce the protectant every year.
Deck staining, on the other hand, changes the color of the wood. A penetrating oil stain is best because it soaks in, providing the best protection. Oil-based stains are semi-transparent and will darken the deck’s color while allowing the wood grain to show through. A semi-transparent stain will last longer than sealants or other types of stain.
For weathered wood, opaque or solid stain is best. It will help hide imperfections in the wood, covering the wood grain and providing a semi-smooth finish. These kinds of stains tend to show weathering easily and will require a new coat each year to maintain the deck’s look.
For more information about the difference between deck sealing and staining, or for other handyman services, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Image via Shutterstock.com
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.