There are many different types of stains for decks and other wooden structures; since the elements can be quite cruel to your deck, it is important to choose a stain that does a great job of protecting the wood there. If you’re a handyperson and aren’t sure which type of stain to use for your particular deck, the good news is that all high-quality stains will penetrate deep into the wood and protect it afterward for many years. Choosing the right type is mostly a matter of taste and preference but the semi-transparent stains offer benefits that most deck owners seem to love.
A good semi-transparent deck stain allows the natural color of the wood to shine through because it is essentially a “see-through” layer that protects the wood but lets the color of that would be seen. This type of stain is simple to maintain, in part because cleaning the deck with high performance pressure washer is easy and you can remove dirt and grime without stripping or sanding the wood beforehand. If you do need to strip the deck, it is a very fast and simple thing to do with. The stain also allows each deck to have a unique look because no two wooden decks will be the exact same color or shade.