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New Wooden Deck - Any way to prevent the Grey

NJDevils28 1,854 218 June 3, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Hi All,

I just finished installing a new wooden deck and I have a question. Is there any way to prevent the deck from turning grey over time?

The wife wants to stain or paint. I'm digging my heels in to NOT painting but the stain may really look nice but if we do neither of those things - I've been told that the wood will turn grey and that is not a very good color.

Is the a chemical or treatment of some sort I can apply to prevent this?

Thanks,

-NJ

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Yes - seal that sucker! You don't have to stain it, but at a minimum the sealant will make the wood a little darker. This will also prevent dry rot over time.

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there was an article in consumer reports that rated stains/sealers
i do know homedepot solid color stain looks like paint. its thick and looks good but it just looks like paint...
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yep seal it. you don't have to STAIN it unless you want to.
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you'll need to re-seal it every couple of years as well.
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Weathering is a natural part of wood when outside. You can seal it, but it will turn somewhat anyway over time. And once you go down the sealing route, you will need to regularly seal it. So you are turning something that is maintenence free into something that requires maintenence. Our deck is stained (by the previous owner) and now we need to stain it again every 2 years. I wish he hadn't touched it as it is a LARGE deck that takes 2-3 days to have done and due to the height requires ladders and scafolding.
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OP - What kind of wood is it?
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Quote from slipgate View Post :
Weathering is a natural part of wood when outside. You can seal it, but it will turn somewhat anyway over time. And once you go down the sealing route, you will need to regularly seal it. So you are turning something that is maintenence free into something that requires maintenence. Our deck is stained (by the previous owner) and now we need to stain it again every 2 years. I wish he hadn't touched it as it is a LARGE deck that takes 2-3 days to have done and due to the height requires ladders and scafolding.
listen to the man here and get used to grey - not worth all the work
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Consumer Reports has an evaluation of deck stains in its June 2011 issue, and they gave their top rating to Home Depot's Behr Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain, a product they've been testing for 9 years. Most of the stains that protected the best were opaque (solid), but some non-opaque stains that have been holding well in CR's ongoing tests are:

Sherwin Williams Deckscapes
Behr Premium Semi-transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Deck And Siding Semi-Transparent,
Behr Premium Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Finish
Flood TWF Semi Semi-Transparent Wood Stain.

About the only common types of wood that hold up well in sunlight are cedar and redwood.
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Seriously consider the synthetic products, at least for your deck boards. I put a deck on my house 9 years ago and wish I would have used them.

OR if you must have wood, a low maintenence decking is Teak or Ipe. Both around the same as synthetic but maintenence free.
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Quote from larrymoencurly View Post :
Consumer Reports has an evaluation of deck stains in its June 2011 issue, and they gave their top rating to Home Depot's Behr Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain, a product they've been testing for 9 years. Most of the stains that protected the best were opaque (solid), but some non-opaque stains that have been holding well in CR's ongoing tests are:

Sherwin Williams Deckscapes
Behr Premium Semi-transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain
Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Deck And Siding Semi-Transparent,
Behr Premium Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Finish
Flood TWF Semi Semi-Transparent Wood Stain.

About the only common types of wood that hold up well in sunlight are cedar and redwood.
i think its false for Home Depot's Behr Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain to be called a stain. its just like paint
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Seriously consider the synthetic products, at least for your deck boards. I put a deck on my house 9 years ago and wish I would have used them.

OR if you must have wood, a low maintenence decking is Teak or Ipe. Both around the same as synthetic but maintenence free.

Too late for synthetic as he's got it built. I have wood on the dock and something with a sawdust composite on the deck. Could fry an egg on the deck when it's in direct sun. The dock however is quite comfortable.
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i think its false for Home Depot's Behr Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain to be called a stain. its just like paint
Do you mean Paul Harvey lied to us in those commercials for Olympic Overcoat opaque stain? ("Stain over paint!")

Opaque stain looks just like paint, but the industry swears it's different from paint. For one thing, none of the opaque stains needs primer when applied over bare wood. OK, neither does that new Behr paint with the built-in primer, but...

BTW, I left out several other opaque stains tested by CR, but only because the others didn't test as well and weren't cheaper.
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good ole paul harvey... well if you walked up to the 4 family decks you would swear someone painted it.. some reason when i think of stains, i think of soaking into the wood. it may last longer but it sure looks like paint
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Too late for synthetic as he's got it built. I have wood on the dock and something with a sawdust composite on the deck. Could fry an egg on the deck when it's in direct sun. The dock however is quite comfortable.
same here.. my composite deck gets nice and hot... when the temp is right it sure feels nice on bare feet
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