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To Seal or to Stain: A Deck Owner’s Guide

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This comprehensive guide will help you make the right decision when it comes time to choose sealing, staining, or painting for your deck maintenance.

Spring is here, and the sun is slowly but surely peeking out between the clouds. Now that you can see your deck in the full light of day, you may notice it is in need of a touch-up. If your deck is in need of a new finish, you have some options to consider. You must decide between staining, sealing, or painting your deck. All of these will protect the wood, but there is a lot to know about each option. You know your home and its general aesthetic best, but you also know how much time and money you’re willing to spend on your deck. This comprehensive guide will help you make the right decision when it comes time to choose sealing, staining, or painting for your deck.


If you want your deck to maintain its natural appearance, a clear sealant will protect your deck while allowing the grooves of the wood to shine through. When using a sealant, it is important to check the sealant’s strength at least once a year. You can do this by administering a water test in which you sprinkle some water on the surface of your deck. If you see that it beads up, test it again in a few days. If the water is immediately absorbed into the wood, it is time to re-apply sealant.


Using an outdoor wood stain is the best way to highlight the natural beauty of your wooden deck. Also, there are many options to choose from when picking the right stain that will go with both your home and its landscaping. The frequency of your deck stain maintenance depends on wear and tear, but usually stains last up to two or three years.


Paint is a great way to protect your wooden deck from the elements, but it does come with a few drawbacks. Paint requires more maintenance than a stain or a sealant because it can chip or crack causing an eye-sore of a mess. Be prepared to manage any spots that look questionable with extra paint you can keep on-hand.


When doing your research on Albaugh & Sons, you’ll find that they match up to top quality deck company criteria. With impeccable testimonials, a stunning portfolio, and the guarantee that your job will be completed at the BEST quality, you don’t need to look elsewhere.

Albaugh & Sons specializes in commercial and residential deck installation and repair, among other deck services, and has the right tools and professionals for your deck installation.

CONTACT US online or give us a call at 301-964-9379 today to start your new deck project!

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