Once you’ve decided on the right type of finish for your project, the next step is application, and you really want to get it right the first time. If the first application is done incorrectly, it could lead to issues down the road – i.e. blistering, peeling, etc. That’s why it’s important to make sure the deck surface is clean and dry before application.
Important Note: Never power-wash a deck because it damages the wood fibres.
As soon as the deck is cleaned and fully dry, begin stain application immediately. For new decking, finishes can be factory-applied in many markets. But if you are doing it yourself on site, apply the stain to all 6 sides of each board prior to construction. Here’s a breakdown of how to apply various types of stains:
To complete the deck of your dreams, you many want to consider other projects to enhance your outdoor living space. A traditional pergola, for example is a perfect way to define a seating space on a deck, or maybe a built-in cooking area and/or modern dining table – ideal for entertaining friends and family on those warm summer evenings. For inspiration, check out our DIY Center for vast selection of how-to videos and free downloadable plans.