Is It Better to Stain or Seal a Deck? 5/5 (1)

This post was updated on January 25, 2024

Is it better to stain or seal a deck?

It is always better to stain a deck rather than just seal it. Clear deck sealers may protect against water but little else. It is better to use a semi-transparent penetrating deck stain because it will both seal the wood against moisture damage while also protecting against sun damage. The best semi-transparent penetrating deck stains are TWP, Armstrong Clark, and Restore-A-Deck.

Penetrating deck stains also wear more evenly and make it easy to reapply as needed. Clear sealers sit on top of the wood and can crack and peel, failing faster than the best deck stains. The fact they are clear also means that they do not offer UV protection.Is It Better to Stain or Seal a Deck

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