Update 2018 for Stain All Sides of Deck Board
DeckStainHelp.com has become the Internet’s go-to resource for all things exterior wood surface restoration related. As before, we recommend you reconsider how important it is to stain all sides of the deck board, as it can be an unnecessary hassle. We encourage customer interaction on our site, so feel free to leave us a comment below and include pictures of your project.
Do You Need to Stain All 4 Sides of Deck Boards?
Many people have asked whether or not it is necessary to stain all 4 sides of deck boards. To answer this question lets first take a look at why deck boards need to be stained at all.
When wood is exposed to the elements it can go through all sorts of changes. Wood is very absorbent by nature so whenever it gets wet it soaks up the moisture. This creates the wood to swell. As the wood dries it shrinks back to normal size. This repetitive swelling and shrinking begin to damage the wood causing cracks, splinters, and warping.