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Question DetailsAsked on 7/10/2013

What is the best deck stain to use for a virginia beach home?

It's an old deck, that is showing its age. We are looking to prolong its life and make it more attractive. Virginia beach has hot summers and can get snow and ice in the winter.

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I would have it stripped, pressure washed, then stained double-coat (appropriate drying interval apart) with a penetrating oil-based low-body (few solids) stain or wood preservative with built-in UV protection.

In that environment you are going to have too much moisture for a high-build paint or heavy-body stain to survive, plus when it starts going bad you have to strip it all of, whereas a penetrating oil-based stain you can just use deck cleaner on, wash off, and recoat as necessary - probably every 2 years or so in that environment.

When it does come time to redeck, I would recommend recoting the support timbers, and use copper napthalate or copper chromate deck preservative treated wood (the green treated wood) recoated with another coat of the same preservative right after installation, or a high-quality plastic (not composite) material. Your deck board life will be much longer.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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