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!

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Andre
Andre
2 months ago

Scott, I live in Ontario and I replaced the deck boards last summer. I just completed about 90% cleaning of about 700sf of pt deck boards using OxiClean solution. I am reluctant to proceed to apply stain due to the likely unfavorable weather and temp range 40-60F at this time. Assuming that I need to wait till next spring to apply a stain sealer, is it advisable to treat the deck with wood deck brightener now or should I wait till spring to do it all over again. At this point, I am leaning towards “Restore a deck” or “Defy Extreme Stain” for a water based natural or cedar look. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond, Andre

Andre
Andre
2 months ago

Thank you for your prompt response. Andre

Andre
Andre
2 months ago

Scott, Would you consider using OxiClean again in the spring be a good product to use before applying a Wood Deck Brightener followed by a Stain Sealer

Adrian
Adrian
4 months ago

Comparing TWP 1000, 1500, and Semi-solid, which one lasts the longest before a maintenance cost is noticably needed?

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