• Hometalker
  • Baltimore, MD
Asked on Apr 24, 2019

How often should I stain or re-stain my back yard deck?



I live in the mid-Atlantic region. The deck was originally stained in 2018.

3 answers
  • Betsy
    on Apr 24, 2019

    Hi Chris: You can re-stain your deck once it starts to look icky. Some stains last for years. I would suggest every 2 or 3 years. I wouldn't use a solid stain on a deck, or any surface you want to walk on, because it's too thin and won't hold up. You can use solid stain over existing solid or semi-transparent stain, but semi-transparent stain over solid stain will look strange and won't last. Hope this helps. Good luck

  • Alice
    on Apr 24, 2019

    Most pros recommend you restain a horizontal surface every two to three years. That said, properly preparing, cleaning and drying the surface before applying a stain will yield the best results for the stain to last at least that long. You want to make sure there are no traces of sealant present on the deck.

  • William
    on Apr 24, 2019

    When it starts to look faded. Usually every four years. Clean with a deck cleaner and use a UV rated stain. A solid deck stain lasts longer and provides the best protection. Semi transparent if that is what you have and/or want the wood grain to show.

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