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How long will my deck stain last?

Depending on the environment that you live in as well as the type of deck and stain, decks may need to be refinished approximately every 2 to 5 years. Harsh environmental climates that are extremely hot or cold will significantly decrease the amount of time before your deck needs to be stained again. The type of stain is also important to consider; darker, oil-based stains will last longer than lighter, water-based stains.

If your deck is new, it is common to wait at least a few months before staining it to allow the wood to dry out. However, if the wood is pressure treated, you may need to wait anywhere between six months and one year before you stain your deck. This will allow the wood to better absorb the stain so that it lasts as long as possible.

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