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Best semi-transparent deck stain\sealant?

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I need to waterproof my deck again. Anyone recommend what is the best product to use? I have tried Cabot's and Olympic Maximum. Thought the Olympic stuff was OK (lasted 2 years). Have not seen any that really last longer despite the claims. Would be great if there was something that waterproofed and lasted longer so as to not have to do this every couple of years.

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I don't think there is a product like that exists for semi transparent. Solids last longer then transparents. If you live in an area with snow clearing the snow off can make a big impact on how long the finish lasts.

Refinishing my deck is on my list here soon, I need to repair it from hail damage last year.
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I don't think there is a product like that exists for semi transparent. Solids last longer then transparents. If you live in an area with snow clearing the snow off can make a big impact on how long the finish lasts.

Refinishing my deck is on my list here soon, I need to repair it from hail damage last year.

Yeah I am way too lazy to shovel the snow off the deck in the winter. Way too much effort if there is a big storm and absolutely no gain as it is not like I am going to fire up the grill in the the winter.

Deck treatment and maintenance is the biggest pita that just does not need to be there imo. 2 years ago I had to replace a number of boards that basically went. The artificial stuff is definitely the way to go if you are building new. Avoids most of this maintenance BS, which in the long run pays for the added cost.
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Just remember if you go composite for the decking
you need to do composite or vinyl for the railing
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Just remember if you go composite for the decking
you need to do composite or vinyl for the railing
Had a coworker who is fighting the insurance company on his composite deck for hail damage. Nothing is perfect.
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Had a coworker who is fighting the insurance company on his composite deck for hail damage. Nothing is perfect.
Must be [pretty bad to make it worth the trouble to file a claim since usually most people will have a 750-1000 dollar deductible.
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Must be [pretty bad to make it worth the trouble to file a claim since usually most people will have a 750-1000 dollar deductible.
It was, 7K deck, and it looks like beat to hell. It was golfball + size hail. New roof, siding, gutters etc.
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if they are fighting can they flip the boards over?

For stain Cabots has a high rating but 2-3 years is really the life

http://www.cabotstain.com/pdf/STRN0300.pdf
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Consumer Reports Magazine's top rated deck stains are:

Behr Semi Transparent Wood Stain (Home Depot)
Behr Solid Color Waterproofing (Home Depot)
Cabot Semi Transparent Wood Stain

"You should reseal your deck every two to three years with either a clear or semi-transparent stain"
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It was, 7K deck, and it looks like beat to hell. It was golfball + size hail. New roof, siding, gutters etc.
Damn...where the heck do they live??
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Damn...where the heck do they live??
Nebraska. Same storm I had 9K in damage to my car, almost everyone in the area had new roofs. It hailed for 90 minutes no joke. Hail was around next morning anywhere it piled up.
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Nebraska. Same storm I had 9K in damage to my car, almost everyone in the area had new roofs. It hailed for 90 minutes no joke. Hail was around next morning anywhere it piled up.
DAMN!!! EEK!
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What Consumer Reports says is best.

Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain scored B after 1 year of exposure, B after 2 years, not rated for 3 years. Most of the semi-transparents also scored B for 1-year exposure, but none of the others scored better than a D after 2 years. The only deck sealers that scored A were solid.

So.... when it's time to redo your deck, use redwood or fake wood like Trex?
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What Consumer Reports says is best.



So.... when it's time to redo your deck, use redwood or fake wood like Trex?

Yeah unfortunately when the house was built, the contractor who did it went the cheapest route and the supports are not sufficient to use the composites, making it cost even more to replace. It simply is not worth the expense as dealing with staining and sealing it every couple of years cost me somewhere around 100-200 dollars + my time and effort. Replacing the deck would cost thousands. I replaced a handful of boards 2 years ago that had rotted\warped so it is in fairly good condition for its age now (about 9 years) at this point so I likely just live with it until it needs major work.
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