This post was updated on January 24, 2024
It seems easy enough to get your deck stain from a big box retailer such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. So many people do it, and so you may try to decide for yourself what option is best. Many people find themselves asking if they should go with Cabot or Behr. The answer is neither, as both have been found to have long term issues. You may have premature wear, peeling, or damage if you go with one of these common and lesser brands.
Behr Deck Stain Failures
You want to turn to the options that we as the experts choose. The reason is that these are high quality products that will stand the test of time. They will apply easily, stay on for years to come, and give you that polished look and finish that you are interested in. Once you decide if you want to go with oil or water based deck stain, we have suggestions in either category.
Best Deck Stain Options
Top oil-based deck stain includes TWP 100 Series, 1500 Series, or Pro-Series Semi Solid, as well as Armstrong Clark Wood Stain.
Top water-based deck stain includes Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain, Defy Extreme Stain, or Defy Hardwood/Cedar Stain.
Any of these options in either category will give you a good solid finish that will stand the test of time.
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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.