This post was updated on November 17, 2022
Which Deck Stain Lasts the Longest?
No deck stain can last forever. The best you will get on a horizontal deck surface is 2-3 years and 4-7 years on vertical surfaces like wood railings and wood-sided homes. Since nothing lasts forever, what you really should be asking is “Which Deck Stain is Easiest to Maintain” while giving the longest life possible?
Penetrating Deck Stains Are Best
Our favorite deck stains have always been penetrating semi-transparent and semi-solid stains. These stain types allow the wood grain to show, and if they truly soak into the wood grain, reapplying is easier down the road by cleaning and recoating as needed. No need to strip or sand and even if you do have to strip, that can easily be done!
More Info on Longest Lasting Deck Stains
- 7 Best Deck Stain Reviews and Ratings
- Find The Best Deck Stains
- The Best Semi-Transparent Stains
- The Best Semi-Solid Stains
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.
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