Which Deck - Dock - Fence Stain Will Last The Longest?
Many paint/ stain companies claim their exterior stain is better than the other and lasts longer. As you shall see; the best stain manufacturers make no promises how long their exterior stain lasts. The wide variety sometimes leaves confusion!
We provide staining services to Jacksonville, FL: San Marco, Queens Harbor, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee, Jax Beach, Neptune Beach and Ortega.
What to expect from deck stain?
First, know what to expect from your deck stain. No deck stain will last or seal your deck forever, especially in Jacksonville Florida. The harsh climate can wreak havoc on wood and exterior surfaces. The top stain manufacturers won't promise the amount of time that the exterior stain will lasts. But remember, wood staining is mandatory.
How long will the deck stain last?
We get this question quite a lot. Many factors dictate how long the stain will last. The major factor is sun exposure. Think about it; if a deck gets 13 hours of sun in the summer and another deck is receiving 7 hours due to partial shade; the one with partial shade should last a lot longer.
- PH levels of the wood; and whether or not the dock was ready to accept stain.
- Amount of rain or moisture exposure the wood receives.
- Algae and fungus growing on or around the deck; it eats finishes and wood.
- Temperature of the surface when the stain was applied.
- Amount of traffic and the type of wood decking.
- Harsh cleaning methods such as power washing and strong chemicals.
- Usually a high traffic deck will need a fresh coat every two/three years.
Solid Color Stain or Enamel Deck Paint – If applied correctly this is the longest lasting option. It's also the most expensive. Suggested Products: Sherwin Williams SuperDeck Solid Stain or Benjamin Moore Porch & Floor Enamel.
Oil Based Toners & Semi Transparent Stain – Oil based stains tend to loose color on exterior decks, fences and docks. Although oil based deck stain will seal the deck much better. Suggested products: CWF Sealer or Sherwin Williams SuperDeck oil based stain.
Semi Transparent Stain – Water based stains won’t fade as quick and are easier to work with. Suggested products: Pittsburgh Ultra Stain or SuperDeck.
Maintenance Of Deck Stain
Solid Color Stain & Enamel Deck Paint – Re-application of coats are as simple as rolling a wall.
Oil Based Toners & Semi Transparent Stain – This is almost fail safe just as long as you don’t over-apply the stain. Oil based stains also can be stripped with more ease.
Water Based Toners & Semi Transparent Stain – Re-application with semi transparent stains will require a deck staining company to do the same process that was done in the first place.