Deck Stain or Seal?  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 19, 2024

When trying to decide if you should use a deck stain or seal, you want to consider what you want to get out of the chosen material. Though they may offer similar things, a deck stain is a more comprehensive product offering you more. A deck sealer is a transparent finish that penetrates into the wood, thus keeping out any unwanted moisture. A deck stain offers all these same properties, but also gives a tint or tone which can add some color to the final appearance.

Deck Stain and Sealer

Deck Stain and Sealer

Deck Stain or Deck Sealer?

You can get all of the same protection from a deck stain that you can from a deck sealer. This helps with the aesthetic so that you have a nice finish and look to your deck. If you opt for a deck stain, you do not want to try to apply a deck sealer over the top. Not only is it unnecessary, but the sealer can’t adhere to the deck once the stain is on. You will end up with a streaky finish, and of course, this is an unnecessary application as the deck stain will still protect on its own.

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
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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