How to Protect and Prolong Deck and Fence Life with Staining

How to Protect and Prolong Deck and Fence Life with Staining

Dec 02 2021

There is woodwork all over your yard. Take a look around, and you'll see wood fences and decks and even a mailbox post. All that wood needs to be well cared for and treated every year or two to keep looking good. Deck and fence protection takes a bit of time but is worth the trouble. Learning how to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining will save you money.

Deck maintenance using a deck cleaner and brightener, will make a big difference. At Fence Armor® we know how a quality fence and deck stain creates a happy, relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel at home.

Let's take a closer look at how to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining.

Common deck and fence protection problems

If it's been a while since the wood was last cared for, then you will need deck and fence protection. Some of the most common problems your deck or fence can suffer:

  • Loss of color: The wood will lose color over time. It can turn gray or silver when it is not maintained, a sign that it needs to be refreshed.
  • Moss and algae: If the wood stays wet, then moss, algae, and mold can start to form. It will damage the wood over time and lead to wood rot.
  • Wood rot: when wood does rot, it will get damaged. If left for long enough, sections will start to collapse.
  • Damaged posts: Don't forget that maintenance can affect decking and fencing. Strimmers, lawnmowers, and more cut the posts if unprotected.

Mossy fence

Protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining

Before you begin, you'll need to inspect your deck for damage. Any damage will need to be repaired before you can start the cleaning and deck staining. Don't forget to look underneath and check the posts and other hard-to-reach areas. Look for mold, wood rot, and other problems, such as cracks or splitting. If any sections of your deck are damaged, they will need to be replaced before you can move on to cleaning, as you want to apply the deck cleaner and brightener to healthy posts.

Brush off your deck, ensuring that all debris is removed, such as dirt and fallen leaves. You may need to sand your deck before you protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining.

Deck maintenance requires regular cleaning of the wood, and you should use a reputable deck cleaner and brightener on the surface. The Fence Armor® range of wood cleaners, brighteners, and stain removers by Stain & Seal Experts, will keep the deck looking great.

Different decks are made of different types of wood, so ensure that you have the right products for your wood type.

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Staining the deck

Now the deck is clean, you'll need to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining. You can buy a deck stain in an array of colors and opacities, so pick one that works best for you. Fence Armor® stocks the Stain & Seal Experts range because we trust the quality of their products.

Deck stain is perfect for deck maintenance as you'll still be able to see the wood grain beneath it. It's a good option if you want your deck to look natural, and you can even match with the fence.

Caring for your fences

Your fence sees all the foul weather, so you'll need to maintain it in much the same way as a deck.

There are no actual rules on how often you need to apply a fence stain. Take a look after a rain shower, and if the water isn't beading up on the fence, you may have a problem. Staining may be the only solution.

Look for any damage before staining the fence. Are there any cracks in the timber? Any signs of splitting or breakage? Repair and replace before you start to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining.

If you find any mold or algae, remove it with watered-down bleach, or power wash, if the fence is sturdy enough.

Deck and fence protection requires constant vigilance.

Caring for fences

Staining the fence

Now you've inspected, cleaned, and repaired the fence, you're ready for the staining. Pick a sunny day as the fence must be dry before staining. You can apply the stain with a brush, power sprayer, or roller. Remember, you will need a brush to get to any delicate or hard-to-reach areas.

Paint the fence stain in the direction of the wood grain to get the best effect. It's also a good idea to stain the fence when it's in the shade. If you stain in direct sunlight, the stain will dry too fast and not set into the wood correctly.

You can have fun when you start to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining Take a look at the different colors available from our Stain & Seal Experts range for something different in the garden.

Deck maintenance and fence care will save you money.

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At Fence Armor®, we know how decks and fences look beautiful when clean and stained. You can bring the wood back to its former glory with little effort. Ask our experts for advice on how to protect and prolong deck and fence life with staining. Call us today for all your deck and fence protection needs.

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