Update 2018 for Letting Wood and Decks Gray Naturally
Here at DeckStainHelp.com we take pride in the fact that our people come to us for professional deck staining tips and tricks. As years before, we do not recommend you allow your deck to gray naturally from UV rays, as this damages the wood grain. Feel free to leave a comment or question below.
Is It Okay To Let The Wood Gray Naturally
Most homeowners know that untreated wood left to the elements will gray over time. This graying is due to the sun’s UV rays. When the wood is not treated with the proper wood stain, it turns a rustic looking gray.
Another enemy of exterior wood is moisture. This can cause the wood to warp, crack, splinter and eventually rot. To protect wood from water damage, a stain or sealer can be applied. When a stain with added color or toner is used it will not only protect the wood from water damage but also from sun graying. The added pigment of the toner helps block out the UV rays. When a sealer (clear stain) is used it will only provide water protection and no sun protection.