Best Wood Stain for Pool Decks  4.5/5 (37)

This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Wood Stain for Pool Decks 2024

We at DeckStainHelp.com would like to thank you for your continued support as we continue to be the internet’s number one resource for all things wood deck restoration-related. See this article for tips for picking the best stain for your wood pool deck. If you have stained a pool deck, we want to hear about your experience and any tips you may have. Feel free to leave us a comment below.


Exterior wood surfaces need to be protected from harsh elements like UV rays and moisture. Foot traffic from people and even pets can also do damage. A wood surface around a pool, however, is subjected to a lot more moisture and harsh chemicals like chlorine so it becomes even more crucial to provide protection. Doing so will help the areas like a pool deck last much longer.

When it comes to staining wood there are a few things to keep in mind. Prepping the wood correctly and choosing a quality deck stain is crucial. Follow the proper instructions for cleaning and prepping a wood deck prior to staining. Once the wood is prepared correctly the decision must be made as to which stain to apply.

The best stain for pool decks is a penetrating semi-transparent deck stain. Look for one that has exceptional penetrating traits. Any pool deck stain is going to take a lot of abuse so try to stay away from the film-forming stains that stay on the surface of the wood. These will be prone to peeling and flaking due to the chlorine and extensive moisture from the pool and foot traffic.

Pool Deck Stains

A semi-transparent penetrating stain will lock out moisture and UV rays without blocking the wood’s natural beauty. There will be less chance of wearing and maintenance will be easier down the road. Penetrating stains have the advantage of diving deep into the wood pores so moisture can’t. They also act as a sunblock to protect against UV fading and discoloring. Excess moisture and harsh chemicals from the pool will take their toll on any pool deck stain over time, but using a penetrating stain will ensure the longest protection while providing a beautiful finish.

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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.

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Ashley
Ashley
2 years ago

We are staining our deck for the first time, it is around our above ground pool. What is best low maintenance stain?

Courtney
Courtney
3 years ago

I have an above ground salt water pool with an deck around it.. Whats a good stain we can use that will protect the wood and also keep us from staining the wood every year? Thanks

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

What is the best wood sealer for an indoor hot tub room ?

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

just built a wood deck around my pool. I used pressure treated and ground contact lumber . the wood is still wet from the pressure treated treatment. should i wait for the wood to dry out before staining and sealing it.

Angela Wilson
Angela Wilson
3 years ago

Would deck oil work as well as deck stain to protect the wood under a 10ft pool
Thankyou

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Hi I have an above ground pool made of Cedar that I stained 8 years ago with Cabot Australian oil Mahogany flame color and then 3 yrs later I stained it all over again with same product but a few years ago I had to buy more product from same CO but they changed the formula as In Canada they were not allowed anymore as per co.”We only have the one version available in Canada. Canada is VOC restricted and the old version cannot be sold there” I tried the replacement one from same co and its as if I am not putting anything on. Do you have any advice on what other brand I could buy to give me a great finish? The first can i used was the one white black label and it was so easy to use and we saw the color right away. the can on the right even after 3 coats does not compare to 1 coat from first can. ANy advice would be great. I live in Montreal QUebec Canada. sorry could not add image.

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years ago

We have a pergola near pool water features that gets hit with chlorinated water. We are staining the pergolas every year to year and a half due to the sunlight and chlorinated water hitting and breaking down the stain. What stain product would you recommend that would be the most resistant to light and chlorine? We would need a product that could be matched in color to the existing stain on the deck because this year we are just touching up the areas that are void of stain.

The next time we paint/stain the entire pergola structure would you recommend paint or stain?

Eangel
Eangel
5 years ago

Have a 5 year old cedar pool deck. Removed the previous stain by sanding. Now whenever the pool is used the wood pulp is forming in clumps on the deck? Assume I need to resand. Recommended sandpaper grit? What sealant would you recommend I used to keep the wood pulp from appearing after every swim?

Yvonne
Yvonne
5 years ago

Would you recommend oil or water based around an in-ground pool?

Yvonne
Yvonne
5 years ago

Would you recommend water based or oil around a pool?