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Old 08-06-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Is it necessary to stain a deck?


Is it necessary to stain a deck or can I just go straight to sealant? I want to protect the support of my deck and wanted to know what was best to keep it rot free.

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Is it necessary to stain a deck?


What are you considering A sealant?
What do you mean by the support of my deck? The joist?
Is this a new pressure treated deck?
What type wood is it?

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No, you don't have to stain a deck, especially if you like the gray, weathered look. I like a lot of the clear sealers/wood treatments like CWF from the Flood company. They are inexpensive, provide a clear protection, and keeps your wood looking like wood. You have to retreat the wood every 2-3 years.
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I also want to know what you mean by "support" of your deck. Your deck is made of pressure treated wood. The vertical surfaces such as posts must be rated for ground contact (since they are buried, obviously). No water sits on vertical surfaces. The other parts of your deck theoretically will rot long before the vertical surfaces that don't trap water, and the part that's underground can't be finished anyway.

Personally I don't like any finish that leaves a film, and has to be scraped if peeling, before reapplying. I like the penetrating oils that can simply be covered over 2 or 3 years down the road with no prep other than cleaning.
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No you do not have to stain or even a treat a deck. It depends on whether you can live with what it looks like after a few years and whether you are willing to let the sun, bugs and all return it to nature. Or if you want to go what many who visit this site do when years later they take on a neglected deck that is going to cost them much more than coating it with something every 3-5 years for as long as it does live.

And think about picking splinters out of kids feet or pets paws because you let the surface degrade too fast.

Ironically if you have a new pressure treated deck, you may not be able to stain it for 6-12 months. Then you can make the decision whether to go with as clear and nice a sealer as you can find, up to a semi-transparent stain, or to a semi-solid stain. You will have to put something on it though.

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I live in maine. What I mean by structure is the joist which run into my house. I want to protect it but wanted to know if stain was necessary if not then I would go straight to sealant.
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If the structure going into your house rests near or on the ground, you would want to treat it for termites just to start. You probably cannot lay timber on the ground as part of your foundation anyhow.

Otherwise, if I understand you, timber protected from your roof down to near the foundation, or on floors in between, should not need to be sealed or stained unless it shows and you want it sealed or stained for esthetics.

Is this a joist or a central beam going into your house, by the way?

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Stain will not protect anything all stain will do is color it.
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Stain will not protect anything all stain will do is color it.
Stain is used all the time to protect wood.
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I'm not aware of any standard stain that does not contain ingredients to protect the wood. Even if it were just raw colorant (which it isn't), it would still provide at least a little UV protection.
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I'm not aware of any standard stain that does not contain ingredients to protect the wood. Even if it were just raw colorant (which it isn't), it would still provide at least a little UV protection.
Sorry I was thinking of like furniture stain. Guess I was more tired than I thought

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