For the third consecutive year, I’m embarking on my annual dive-into-wintertime-preparedness training which, for the most part, consists of me weatherproofing the deck, pergolas, and front porch which will inevitably be coated with over a foot of snow at least sometime in the next six months. If you’re bracing yourself for a similar operation, you might find DIY Network’s tutorial on cleaning and staining decks helpful. I did, but it really got my brain working:
More and more, I’m starting to think about staining our deck.
Help a girl out, and chime in with your experiences in taking a deck from au natural to a stained finish.
For the most part, the natural weathering of pressure-treated deck boards is pleasant to me. That’s why I never stained the deck right from the start; the wood has faded over the last 3 summers, gradually shifting from a rich yellow pine to a blonde and gray finish. Maintenance was limited to the annual weatherproofing that I wrote about above, and I haven’t had to give much consideration to how stain will wear or need to be repaired over time.
These days though, I’ve started to give consideration to other options, because a consistent, translucent brown finish might be really nice against the soft gray of our home’s siding. My main concerns are, by beginning to stain now, am I opening up a whole can of worms? Does the deck look unfinished without stain to you? Or would it be dramatically improved with a fresh finish? Will I need to plan on re-staining it every year, and how much would I have to worry about heavier trafficked areas wearing differently than less-trafficked corners?
I waver around on this topic, and that’s why I’m turning to you, other DIY-fanatics, contractors, designers, and homebodies. Help a girl out.
Everyone will have different opinions about what color the deck should be stained, that’s to be expected, but tell me: what are your thoughts on the topic? Has anyone out there stained your deck only to regret it, and wish you had just left it au natural?
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.