Whether it’s pressure-treated, cedar, cypress, redwood or even a high-end exotic hardwood, the right care and maintenance will protect exterior wood and keep it in good shape for years. Staining and sealing outdoor wood is among the best ways to protect it from the elements.
While stains may not be as wear-resistant as other exterior wood finishes, they’re unique in their ease of application and relatively trouble-free maintenance. Traditionally, exterior wood stains are composed of an oil or water base, solvents and the all-important pigments that provide color and protect the wood from UV rays.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is stain good for outdoors?
Any outdoor project that involves wood, such as decking, fencing and exterior furniture, will face aging and wear from sunlight, rain, humidity and more. While paint offers a colorful, protective coating, exterior wood stain not only provides a shield against the elements, it can bring out the wood's natural beauty.
Is stain enough to protect wood?
While stain offers some protections for wood, other wood treatments can offer even greater protection. Since stain only soaks into wood, but does not create a protective barrier layer over the wood, the wood can still be susceptible to water damage, and invasion by insects, fungus and other organisms.
How does stain protect wood from water damage?
Since stain only soaks into wood, but does not create a protective barrier layer over the wood, the wood can still be susceptible to water damage, and invasion by insects, fungus and other organisms.
Why do you need to use wood stain on wood siding?
Over a long period of time, repeated exposure to sunlight can damage the wood. If you have wood in your home that is located in a place where it will receive lots of sunlight — wood siding, a wooden deck, wood floors, or furniture that are near windows — the only way to protect it is with wood stain.