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Question DetailsAsked on 10/5/2011

It's October and, due to illness, we did not get our deck restained. Can we let it go until spring? Part of it was pressurewashed.

We have a sizable deck. It has some stain still on the wood, but not enough to really repel the water. Part of the deck has been pressure washed and is ready to have a preservative applied. The deck is about 10 years old and has been well maintained and have switched out boards as they showed the need.
Can we let this deck go until spring, or do we need to try to find a window to do the work? What about the part with little or no preservative, ie, the part that has been pressure washed? How long do we need to wait before we apply after pressure washing? If the wood is a bit damp, is the harm only that the preservative will be diluted, or will it hurt the deck? The deck is not terribly dirty, so could we just apply the stain to the deck without pressurewashing?
Our ultimate aim is to keep this deck for several more years and not let it go into disrepair or neglect.

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Having built many a decks and staining/painting them I would like for you to answer a few questions:
1. The deck is ten year old. Does it show any signs of cracking or scaling?
2. How long did you replace the decking boards with new ones? Pressure treated wood needs 2-4 months of drying time before a stain is well taking.

You didn't give a location and that may make a difference. In the south it's the sun that does it's dirty work on decks, then the winter months add leaves and mildrew.

If your deck is as good a shape as you say it is. I would let it slide till the spring unless you have an excellent dry October. The end of October is know to be dry. If the temp is above 50f you golden on staining.
Washing is always a must. If you don't the stain can't sink in as well as a clean deck. Plus after washer always use a deck conditioner. It opens up the pores of the deck and allows the stain to seep deeper into the wood.
Allow the deck to dry a couple of days before staining. The dryer the better.

Good luck on your great deck

David Sturm
Attention to Detail Home Remodeling
Roswell, GA


Answered 8 years ago by Davidshammer

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