Why You Should Be Glad You Didn't Wait to Stain Your Deck

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As excited as you might be for springtime, your enthusiasm could be dampened by the realization that you’ve got a lot of cleaning, maintenance, and renovations to take care of in the coming months. Indeed, spring is often the ideal time to take inventory and assess your home for any damages that occurred before and during winter. Once you’ve gotten some idea of how you can improve your home, the next step is to prioritize and break up tasks so you don’t get too overwhelmed. If you have a wooden deck, this exterior feature should be somewhat high on your checklist -- after all, winter weather does a number on decks, and if you want to continue enjoying your deck far into the future, it’s crucial that you evaluate it, clean it, fix it up, and, if necessary, stain/seal it. And the sooner you apply fresh deck stain, the better.

The Benefits of Staining Your Deck Early

Even a Little Moisture Can Do a Lot of Damage

There is no shortage of environmental factors that can harm your deck, but water is perhaps the most threatening. Whether from winter snow or spring rain, when moisture lands on an unprotected wooden deck, it finds ways into the surface through pores and cracks. From there, the water will contract or expand with temperature changes and fracture your deck, provide a prime environment for mold and mildew, and/or lead to rot and other forms of deterioration over time. Sealing your deck with a waterproof deck stain is essential for preventing these negative outcomes, but if you want the best results you’ll want to act quickly. Waiting too long to stain your deck will simply allow more moisture to enter its surfaces, and with the wettest season (spring) on the way, staining your deck sooner will mitigate this moisture intrusion.

An Unstained Deck Is High-Maintenance

With so much on your plate already, you won’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time caring for your deck, no matter the season. While you’ll still have to take care of regular maintenance such as sweeping and cleaning, the required level of deck maintenance increases the longer it goes without a protective layer of seal or stain. Simply put, stained decks provide protection from moisture, impact, pests, UV radiation (sunlight), and more. So, if your deck lacks this protection, you’ll have to invest in more frequent repairs and work harder to keep these surfaces safe and sound. On top of that, unstained decks are harder to clean because of their rough surface, whereas stained decks provide a smoother finish that allows you to cruise through cleaning every time.

The Longer You Wait to Stain, the More Extensive the Project

If you want to spend less time and money on deck maintenance and renovations, you’d be wise to stain your deck as soon as it’s called for. Indeed, waiting and waiting to stain your deck will just prolong and exacerbate certain issues, eventually leaving you with a laundry list of repairs and replacements down the line. Some homeowners might hesitate to stain their decks for fear of applying it incorrectly or failing to perform the necessary prep work. If this sounds like you, seek reliable deck staining services to tackle some of all of this project for you. Hiring professionals will give you peace of mind, as these experts will be able to determine exactly what needs to get done, how to thoroughly clean and prep your surfaces, how many coats of stain or seal are necessary, and so on.

Staining Your Deck on a Regular Basis Will Keep It Looking Fresh

Different maintenance tasks should get done at different intervals. For instance, you might sweep your deck once or twice a week and clean it more thoroughly (i.e. pressure washing/scrubbing) a few times a year. When it comes to applying wood deck stain, experts typically recommend that a new coat be applied every 2-3 years or as needed (depending on your local climate and other factors). In other words, you shouldn’t worry about staining your deck every single year, necessarily. Rather, staining your deck on a regular basis means tackling this project every couple of years to ensure that your deck remains protected over time. By maintaining this staining schedule, you’ll not only extend the lifespan of your deck -- you’ll also help retain its beauty. Waiting longer than this 2-3 year mark to apply fresh stain will often result in your deck losing its color and sheen. And even if you like the look of a worn, gray deck, you don’t want its structure to suffer. As such, you’ll be glad that you take the time to freshen up your deck on a routine basis.

You Want to Get the Most Out of Your Deck

If for no other reason, you should want to stain your deck early this spring so you can enjoy it during the warmer weather. Performing this task during the summer won’t be enjoyable, and the high temperatures might interfere with the stain’s application and drying process. So, why not clear your summer schedule by getting this done during the spring? The sooner you tackle this project, the sooner you can set up your deck furniture, fire up the grill, sit back, and relax on your luxurious deck. Otherwise, you’ll spend your days worrying about the best time to stain your deck and kicking yourself for not handling it when you had the optimal chance.

The Bottom Line

Staying on top of deck staining will protect your deck from environmental damage, minimize the amount of maintenance you’ll have to do, reduce the time and money spent on renovations, retain your deck’s appearance, and allow you to extract more enjoyment from your deck this season and far into the future. Sounds worth it, doesn’t it? If you’re not sure where to begin, the residential exterior painting and deck staining experts at Nash Painting are here to help. We’ve improved and transformed countless exterior spaces in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!