Update for 2019 on Why use A Solid Stain on Vertical Wood
With a solid color (opaque) deck stain on the verticals or railings of a deck, you can create a two-toned deck that looks great and can ease the maintenance down the road.
There are several advantages to having a solid color stain on your vertical wood or railings.
- The ability to color match the railings and vertical wood to blend with the color of the house.
- Solid stains on vertical wood/railings can last 2-3 times longer or up to 6 years with little to no maintenance. Note that solid stains will fail much quicker on horizontal flooring and can be harder to maintain.
- Choosing a solid stain for the verticals and a semi-transparent for the horizontals will reduce the need for maintenance to every 2-3 years for the floors and every 4-6 years for the verticals
For more info on having a Two-Toned Deck, see this article: Why Two-Toned Decks
Here is our list of the top solid color deck stains that we use as restoration contractors:
A properly prepped and stained deck can really add appeal and value to your property. It may take a little more time and labor initially but as some deck owners know, the end result can be amazing.
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