February 17, 2006, Newsletter Issue #4: Deck Sealing Options

Tip of the Week

Want some tips on deck protection and deck repair? Basically, you have four options for deck sealers: Clear Wood-toned Semitransparent Solid/opaque As a general rule, you'd use a more opaque stain on wood that is older and more weathered to cover imperfections. Here is more sealer lore for you to ponder: As you might expect, the best sealers provide better penetration and, naturally, the most protection. Get an oil-based product that is mixed with latex for easy clean-up. Clear treatments give you protection from UV radiation and water damage and will allow the wood to fade to a natural weathered, silver grey. The other types of sealers will retain a constant color.

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