“What is the best sealing or staining product for my deck?” This is one of the most common questions customers ask us when calling for help with maintaining their deck. There are many options available to use including toners, semi-transparent, semi-solids, or solids. How do you know which one is right for you?
Below is simple cheat sheet listing the various types of sealing/staining options available:
Sealant: Clear, protects wood and preserves its natural color; sealants will last about 1 year
Toner: Slightly pigmented, limited colors available, mainly natural colors; toners will last 2 – 3 years
Semi-Transparent: Lightly pigmented, allows the wood grain to show through; lasts 2 – 3 years
Semi-Solid: More pigmented and almost completely hides natural wood grain and color; lasts 3 – 4 years.
Solid: Fully opaque and will cover older stains, many colors available; can last up to 4 or 5 years
|Ashburn VA Pressure Wash and Solid Stain in Valise.||Chantilly VA Pressure Wash and Natural Stain in Cedar Natural Tone.|
There is not one product type that directly beats the other; the best product for your deck will depend on a number of factors specific to your deck:
When working with a deck cleaning professional, you should be asked a series of questions similar to what I mentioned above, and then some. He/she should take their time going through the options with you, answering you questions and provide an in-person walk-through and free estimate for you.« Back to Blog