Staining Your Deck

If your home has a deck, you likely understand the importance of protecting it from the elements. It is necessary to re-stain and seal the wood every few years. Doing so will prolong the life of your deck by preventing damage that could otherwise cause the wood damage prematurely.

If you are staining your own deck, you need to find a day that has the ideal temperature for staining. Your project can be greatly affected by weather conditions like heat and humidity. Follow the tips below to get the right weather situation you need for staining.

Not too Hot

One of the biggest concerns when staining your deck is high temperatures. The stain could dry too quickly when it’s hot, potentially causing uneven penetration and lap marks. If the weather is above 90°F, avoid staining your deck. If necessary, stain your deck in the morning before the weather gets too hot, or simply wait until a cooler day. Once the stain is applied and is drying, higher temperatures will no longer affect it.

Not too Cold

Staining your deck in low temperatures can also be detrimental. Doing so can make the drying time longer. If you stain your deck in the fall or spring, try to wait for a day that has temperatures above 50°F. Also, make sure the forecast for that night is above freezing. If the stain has not completely dried before freezing weather, the curing process will be hindered. It can also compromise the adhesion of the stain, or the stain may not penetrate correctly.

No Direct Sunlight

Regardless of the temperature outside, you should never apply stain while in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the stain to dry too quickly, preventing it from properly penetrating the wood, thus shortening its longevity. It can also give your stain a blotchy appearance as it dries unevenly. It is best to wait for a cloudy day to stain your deck.

Rain & Humidity

Obviously, you should never stain your deck in the rain. In fact, it’s best to wait to stain your deck on a day when rain is not in the forecast for at least a full 24 hours so the stain as it washed away. Also, the higher the humidity, the longer drying time your deck will need.

Wind

It is best to choose the day that is not windy. Otherwise, you may be left with unsightly imprints in the stain from debris such as twigs and leaves blowing across your wet deck.

Deck staining is a job that many do-it-yourselfers enjoy. It is imperative to find a day with the ideal weather situation, though. If you will be staining your deck soon, save this page is a reference to come back to.