This post was updated on January 24, 2024
Reasons to Stain and Seal Decks
Deck staining is a very important process that improves the appearance of your deck and helps to protect it from the elements. A good quality stain can help your deck last for a much longer period of time than if left untreated. If left untreated your exterior wood deck will fall victim to the elements and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
Main reasons to stain your wood deck
- Deck Stain Appearance
- Protects Wood From Graying/Oxidation
- Protects from Mildew and Mold
- Water protection from rot
- Protects your investment
- Prolongs the life of your wood
- Safety reasons. Staining protects from rot and decay.
See our list of the best penetrating deck stains here: The 7 Best Deck Stains Reviews
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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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