Having a wood deck means you are probably familiar with deck care or at least what can happen without regular deck care. To protect the investment of a wood deck the wood needs to be protected with a wood preservative. Unprotected wood will weather quickly. Harsh UV rays will gray a deck in a short time. Additionally, unwanted moisture will begin to wrap, crack, and split wood decking causing the need for costly repairs. To preserve and protect wood for many years a deck needs to have a regular coat of deck stain. Deck stain reflects UV rays, traps out water intrusion, reduces fungal growth, and can even enhance the beautiful nature of the wood.
Many deck owners wonder when the best time of year is for staining a deck. Spring and fall are great times because the air temperatures are perfect for staining. Deck stain should be applied in temperatures between 50-90 degrees. With that said, can you stain your deck in the summer heat? It is possible if that is the time of year you need to do it. There is, however, a few things you will want to avoid for getting the best results.
To stain your deck in the summer heat it is recommended to apply stain while it is cooler. Therefore early morning can be a great time to beat the summer heat, especially if your deck gets a lot of sun during the day. You want to avoid staining a deck in the heat of the day in direct sunlight. This can cause the stain to dry too quickly before it can penetrate properly. Staining first thing in the morning before it gets too hot can help. Just be aware of morning dew that may cause moisture problems. The wood needs to be dry prior to staining.
If dew is a problem you can also do your staining in the evenings once it starts to cool off again. Any time of the day that your deck gets some shade may be an option as well. Also be cautious of getting overspray on plants and shrubbery in the heat. Cover your landscaping with canvas tarps, not plastic. Plastic will magnify the heat and may damage the shrubbery. Following these simple guidelines will help you stain your deck in the summer heat.