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Deck Stain Colors

Today’s deck stain products cover a wide range of different colors and tints. Depending on the type or brand of deck stain, you can normally find natural tones, cedar tones, walnuts, and redwoods as the most common choices. Some more unique color choices are grays, rustics, and olive tones just to name a few.

The opacity of the deck stain color will also greatly influence the final look. Very thin semi-transparent stains for example have less color pigment and will allow the wood to show through more. This type of colored deck stain may appear slightly different from one deck to another and on different types of wood. Darker more solid colors will show little to no wood grain so the actual deck stain color is more pronounced.

The best way to find out how certain deck stain colors are going to look on your deck is to order some wood stain color samples. Ordering a few of your favorite colors to test on your deck will help you to determine the final look making your decision a lot easier.Another important factor when choosing a color deck stain is to know that darker colors will give the wood more protection from UV rays. Lighter less pigmented deck stains will give your wood deck less UV protection. This does not necessarily mean to use a darker more solid color because all colored deck stains will give you UV protection, just some provide more than other. Lighter semi-transparent colors are much easier to maintain than the more heavily pigmented stains, so they both have their pros and cons.

The key is to choose a trusted brand of deck stain in the color you like that will enhance your deck’s appearance while providing protection. Order some samples of deck stain colors to help make the choice easier so you do not end up getting stuck with a color that is not acceptable on your deck.

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7 responses to “Deck Stain Colors”

  1. Brian says:

    Is there any way to color tint TWP-103 Dark Oak to an even darker color?
    If so how?

  2. David says:

    For an older more weathered deck, Should I use a semi-solid or solid stain to provide better protection. I m in the Northeast, so am less concerned about intense UV , however we get plenty of damp and wet weather. I am most concerned in terms of sealing/filling small cracks in the wood? Are there more problems with using solid/semi-solid in traffic areas – in terms fo showing wear? (Some online sources say to never use solid stains on a deck.) At this point I need most protection.

  3. DSY says:

    Is there a way to test on the deck itself and then remove the stain before it "sets"? There aren't really any inconspicuous spots to test.

    Otherwise, would a piece of new pine plywood be an adequate stand-in for an older treated pine deck?

    (We will be cleaning and prepping the deck before staining, but I'd prefer not to make that job bigger than it already is.)

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.