Tips & Tricks To Re-Staining Your Deck

With April now in full swing, warmer weather has arrived in the Twin Cities, MN area. As the region continues to see balmy temperatures, you don’t have to wait for summer to arrive to address your deck staining needs. Get a jump-start on the summer months by completing your outdoor deck staining this month!

Outdoor decks are the perfect space to enjoy the spring and summer months with family and friends. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, decks are also a great way to hang out with people outside of your “circle” while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Of course, even the best wood deck will eventually need maintenance to continue looking its best. One of the best ways to maintain your deck is by having it re-stained by the commercial painting professionals at Cascadia. Read on for more information about the benefits of deck re-staining along with some tips to get your deck ready for this process.

Why Re-Stain A Deck?

One of the most obvious benefits of re-staining your deck is the visual appeal it can provide. This goes beyond restoring its original look – in fact, re-staining your deck can give you a chance to re-imagine its appearance. Common deck stain types include clear stains, semi-transparent stains, and solid stains. You can also choose from all sorts of colors, ranging from natural-looking browns to bright primary and secondary hues.

However, deck staining isn’t just about what your deck looks like. Along with the visual benefits, this process can extend your deck’s lifespan considerably. If you want to continue enjoying your outdoor deck for years or even decades to come, regularly re-staining it is crucial!

After you’ve lived in the Twin Cities area long enough, it’s easy to see how punishing and varied our local weather can be. Residents of this region need decks that are able to stand up to everything from brutal blizzards, to freezing temperatures, to harsh sunlight. A high-quality deck stain will help your deck stand up to moisture while protecting it from rotting.

Deck Staining & Maintenance Tips

Deck Cleaning

When you’re getting ready to have your deck stained, your first step should be thoroughly cleaning this surface. You’ll want to use a wood deck cleaning product and a power washer to really get rid of any dirt and gunk that has built up on your deck over the years, especially in the gaps between the deck’s boards.

Deck Sanding

Though it may seem like your deck is ready to be re-stained after you’ve washed it, there’s one more step you should take ahead of time – sanding your deck to lower its risk of causing splinters and taking in the new stain. Wait for your deck to entirely dry before sanding it. When it’s ready, use a fine-grit sandpaper for deck floorboards, board edges and railings. Finally, remove any remaining dust with a vacuum.

Deck Staining

While you can take on a deck re-staining project on your own, we’d encourage you to go a different route – hiring Cascadia for your deck staining needs. Through our many years of serving Minnesota homeowners and their decks, we can figure out exactly what your deck needs, and we’ll use industry-best products to get it back into shape. The best part is that you won’t even have to wonder how much our services will cost since we’ll give you a free quote before we start.

Deck Drying

After it’s been stained, your deck will need some time to dry before use. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours before you walk on it and replace your deck furniture. Because of the need for the stain to properly adhere to the floorboards and completely dry, avoid scheduling deck staining on a day when it might rain.

Staining Your MN Deck

When you’re ready to have your deck re-stained, don’t settle for a subpar contractor or the risks that come with DIY projects. Choose Cascadia today – with our strong work ethic and years of experience, we’re ready to give you a re-stained deck you can be proud of!

For more information, or if you need painting tips, get in touch with the professional deck staining crew at Cascadia.