By Eliane Raphael. Garden Patio. Published at Saturday, May 26th, 2018 - 03:11:33 AM.
While you may be staining just the newly replaced deck board, Decks.com advises that you stain your entire deck once a year starting soon after it's installed. Some pressure-treated wood requires a 30- to 90-day drying-out period. Ask your installer how long you should wait before staining your pressure-treated wood deck.
Stains come in many different colors, from light to dark. You can match the color of the deck to the siding on your house or use a complementary color to the hue of your home. Stains come in transparent types that allow the grain of the wood to show through, and there are semi-transparent finishes that color the wood but still allow the grain to show through.
For best results, you should apply stain to a clean, dry deck. Using a synthetic brush or paint roller, apply even strokes following the grain of the wood. Start with the railing so you can clean up any drips before tackling the floor of the deck. Let the newly stained deck, or replaced board, dry for at least three hours or more before walking on it.
A well-lit yard is enjoyable to look at from inside the house and makes it look better overall. Consider lighting specimen plantings, pergolas, pathways, patios and decks when you plan your outdoor lighting. Low-voltage lighting is easy to install yourself since it comes in kits that can be added to later on as you continue to develop your outdoor living spaces.
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