Deck staining is a very poplar service homeowner's take advantage of in the spring, summer, and fall months, when they're enjoying a nice BBQ on the deck, and other family events. The problem with decks is that they take a beating. The horizontal surfaces of the deck are usually exposed to the sun and rain with minimum protection. Getting walked on by pets and owners alike cause traffic patterns. For these reasons, decks are a constant maintenance concern.
When deck staining is done properly, a deck floor can last 1-3 years. Railings and other vertical surfaces may last anywhere from 1-8 years. The big difference between the life of the two surfaces is that horizontal hold more weathering versus vertical surfaces which don't take quite a direct hit from sun, rain, snow and traffic.
Horizontal surfaces, like decks, usually need power washed and brightened using a bleach solution that will clean the wood grains of mildew and grey growth. Once the solution dries, 1 to 2 good coats of a proper, high quality deck stain should be applied. There are 2 types of deck stain you can use; semi-transparent lets you see the wood graining while still having a tone to it, or a solid stain, which can be any color and actually covers the wood grains and coats the deck surfaces much like a house paint would.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to using each of these stains. Usually a semi-transparent stain will last about half as long as a solid stain; however, a semi-transparent stain will just fade over time, versus a solid stain which will start peeling once the stain begins to fail.
There are 2 types of fences that the normal home has:
Both fences can be painted or stained any color. There are several types of stains and paints to use, depending on the look you want to achieve.
The proper way to re-finish a fence is to first power wash the area; this cleans it of any mildew, pollutants and chalking away. Let the fence dry. Apply 1-2 coats of paint or stain, depending on what's needed, to both sides of the fence.
A fence can last about 2-8 years depending on the amount of exposure and type of stain used. With thorough preparation, a good painter who knows how to apply the product, and a top quality stain or paint a drab fence can become a colorful part of your yard.