Owning a wood deck comes with the responsibility of deck care and maintenance. Staying on top of deck care is the best way to ensure you get many years of pleasure and use from your deck. It is best to choose a particular time of year when you inspect your deck and perform maintenance as needed. Having a certain time of year that you are not too busy taking care of other outdoor projects is a perfect time for deck care. Staining your deck in the fall can be the best season.
The air temperatures can be ideal to stain your deck in the fall. Most deck stains should not be applied in temperatures below 50 or above 90. Winter may fall below 50 in your area and for most regions in the country summertime can see temperatures above 90. Deck stain should never be applied during the heat of the day or in direct sunlight. Spring is an option if you have time. Most people however are overwhelmed with lawn care, landscape maintenance, pressure washing, and so on. If you are too busy in the spring then fall deck staining may be best for you.
Another reason for choosing fall besides temperatures and lack of time may be weather. If your area gets a lot of rain in the spring it can make deck staining a challenge. You need at least a 2-3 day window of dry weather to clean, let dry, and stain a deck. More days may be needed depending on the size of your deck. The fall season is much drier in most areas. It is best to stain your deck in the fall prior to the leaves changing and falling if it gets cool enough in your region. You can wait until the leaves are done falling as long as the air temperatures stay warm enough afterwards.
Staining your deck in the fall will help you to stay on a regular schedule so you do not neglect your deck. A lot of people also like getting a good coat of stain on prior to winter weather, which can be harsh on a deck. Enjoying your deck and other things in life all season and planning to stain your deck in the fall can be the ticket to regular deck maintenance.