This post was updated on January 16, 2024
Deck Stain Colors 2024
DeckStainHelp.com remains the Internet’s go-to site for your questions, answers, and opinions regarding exterior wood surface restorations. In this updated article, we go through the different options for deck stain colors and explain their benefits. We encourage reader interaction on our site, so feel free to leave us a comment below.
The Best 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 others. 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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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.
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