Building a home deck requires a substantial investment of time and money. However, building your deck isn’t the biggest home improvement concern. You also have to maintain said deck by staining it at least every two years. Although staining anything requires little more than the attention span of a sparrow, many homeowners neglect to reap the benefits of staining, much less knowing why autumn is a great time to go about doing it.
The Benefits of Staining Your Deck
Staining your deck creates two essential home value benefits. First, wood stain improves the aesthetic appeal of your home. Whether you apply stain to accentuate your deck or simply complement the look of your home, you realise an immediate increase in home value on appearance alone. Second, stain prolongs the life of wood by preventing rotting and warping. The second benefit has more relevance in humid climates.
Why Fall is the Best Time to Stain Your Deck
After the summer holidays, when the kids are back in school and the workload at work has increased, many homeowners return to home improvement project lists in preparation for the onset of Old Man Winter. Why fall is a great time to stain your deck revolves around the cycle of friendly weather combined with the components of stain.
Fall: More than Brilliant Colours
In most climate regions in the UK, fall ushers in a season of temperate weather. Virtually every type of deck stain thrives in temperatures between 10 and 32 degrees Celsius, which is the typical seasonal range for fall throughout the lower 8. Moreover, fall tends to unfold dry, as days go by when the sun shines on your deck and Mother Nature doesn’t weep her tears of rain. A newly stained deck requires plenty of sunshine and dry air, which fall provides in spades.
Even When Fall Fails to Deliver Fair Weather
Sometimes, fall doesn’t arrive in typical fall weather style. Blame it on El Nino or some other weather pattern invented by meteorologists that have too much time on their hands. Most deck stains include a impervious layer of moisture protection that turns rain into bubbles that quickly move off the surface of your deck. The moisture protection also comes in handy for the onslaught of precipitation that accompanies the arrival of winter.
Staining your deck at least once every few years enhances the value of your home. Just make sure to pick the right season to apply stain to your deck. When the August bank holiday comes and goes, the time has come to make your deck a high priority on your home improvement to do list.