Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Prepping Your Deck for Staining

 Prepping Your Deck for Staining

Are you planning a deck or porch staining project? Adding a few coats of fresh stain to your wooden deck or porch is one of the easiest ways to beautify your outdoor space! It also protects and preserves it for years to come. But there are several important steps to take to ensure a good result when prepping your deck.

Inadequate prep is the most common reason for deck stain failure.

Set your deck up for success with these deck prep guidelines from Duckback Stain.

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How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

 How to Choose and Apply Deck Stain

If your wooden deck is fading or peeling, a new coat of stain goes a long way to restoring it to beautiful condition! But how do you choose and apply deck stain?

You may be overwhelmed by all the choices in staining products, or by the prospect of a deck staining project. Well, it’s easier than you think to choose and apply deck stain.

As an additional bonus, staining your deck regularly will help protect the wood from moisture, traffic and sun damage, extending the life of your deck.

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The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. Not sure which stain to choose for your project? Here’s a quick guide from Duckback:

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How to Clean and Prep Your Deck or Porch

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If your wooden deck is grey, dull and weathered, or if it no longer repels beads of water, then it’s time to clean and treat it! Pressure-washing alone isn’t enough. Regular maintenance, combined with select cleaning and restoration products, will help protect your wood deck surface, ensuring a longer lifespan and many years of enjoyment. Plus, it looks amazing!

So, why not restore your deck to its original glory for the outdoor entertaining season? With a little bit of time and effort, your rough-looking old deck can look brand new again! And now is the perfect time to revitalize your deck and SAVE!

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If your wood deck looks rough, but most of the boards are still intact and the structural components are sound, then you are a prime candidate for deck restoration. Here’s our step-by-step guide for how to clean and prep your deck or porch:

Choosing Deck Railing

Tips for Choosing the Right Deck Railing

Choosing Deck RailingThe deck railing system you choose will be your deck’s most visible feature, so making the right railing choice is key to having your finished deck look as good or better than you imagined it at the start.

Are you in need of a partial or full deck renovation? GNH Lumber is ready to help you transform your old deck into an outdoor space your friends and family will enjoy all season long! Visit us in Greenville or Windham to discuss your decking project.

If you’re unsure where to begin the deck railing selection process, don’t worry! Here are some tips from TimberTech® that will help you choose the ideal deck railing for your backyard decking project:

TimberTech Decking at GNH

Choosing the Right Deck Stain Color

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Deck Stain

Choosing the Right Deck StainClear, translucent, semi-transparent, solid? With so many choices in opacity and color, it can be overwhelming to choose a stain for your deck! Regular maintenance is key for improving the life of your wood deck, and it helps to have a reference guide when choosing stain for your deck care project. GNH Lumber recommends Arborcoat Exterior Stains by Benjamin Moore for durability and style.

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Spring is the perfect season for your deck staining project! It’s still low humidity, and the sun shines longer each day. Choose a stretch of days without rain in the forecast and get it done!

Staining your deck is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your home’s exterior, and a great way to protect and beautify your gathering space for years to come. But the options may seem endless. There are endless color and opacity combinations. Plus, there are better options available for each wood type.

4 Ways to Create the Perfect Deck Retreat

Want to create a peaceful deck retreat? It’s fun and easy to transform your deck into a lounge that your family and friends will enjoy all season long! If you’re thinking of building a brand new deck, or rethinking your existing deck, GNH Lumber is ready to help you make your dream deck a reality!

TimberTech® composite decking is an excellent choice for low-maintenance durability and style.  That’s because TimberTech® decks are durable enough for your family to enjoy for years, without the hassles of annual staining and sealing. They give their traditional capped wood composite decking the strength it needs to battle almost anything Mother Nature—or your family—throws its way. But they don’t sacrifice beauty for backbone.

TimberTech Decking at GNH

Want to create a deck that will help you relax and regenerate? Well, get ready to light up the grill, kick back, and enjoy…

Here are 4 easy ways to create the perfect deck retreat:

Make Your Deck Cozy for Fall

5 Ways to Make Your Deck a Cozy Gathering Place This Fall

Make Your Deck Cozy for Fall

Fall is the perfect time to gather out on the deck and enjoy the crisp cool air. That means it’s time to transition your summer deck from a “fun in the sun” hotspot to a warm and cozy autumn hangout!

And here’s the good news: it doesn’t take much time, effort, or money to change the feel of your deck, and effectively reinvent it for the coming fall season.
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Here are 5 easy ways to make your deck a cozy gathering place this fall:

Painting Versus Staining

DIY: Staining Versus Painting Your Deck

Painting Versus StainingIt’s the age-old question for deck care: staining versus painting? So, which is better for your deck, staining or painting? Simply put: it’s a matter of personal preference.

Whether you stain, paint, or simply just seal your deck, it is extremely important that you protect your deck with regular maintenance!

Is it Time to Paint or Stain? Try the Sprinkle Test

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Deck stain

How to Properly Clean and Sand Your Deck

Deck stainIf your deck has seen better days, it might be time for a facelift. Many people feel that refurbishing their deck is a daunting task. However, once you have the right tips to guide you through the process, you’ll find it so easy, you’ll be relaxing on the new deck with a drink in hand sooner rather than later!

First, you’ll need to know what sort of deck you have. This process will work on any wood deck, including redwood, cedar, pine, spruce and pressure treated lumber but it will not work on composite decks. Many people think to get great results, you’ll need expensive tools. That’s not true! In most cases, you can rent most of the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

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Patio Ideas

Create an Outdoor Patio Space Your Family Will Flock to this Summer!

Patio Ideas

Are you thinking about updating or installing a beautiful patio space? Don’t forget to think about paver patterns! Creating an outdoor space with eye-catching paver designs is a great way to entice visitors, guests and family to spend more time out on your patio. It’s also an easy project that you can do yourself. And, once you master the basics of paver patterns 101, you can always make interesting and one-of-a-kind solutions of your own.

How do you get started? First, choose a paver that will stand the test of time. GNH Lumber suggests AZEK Pavers, which are made from a high performance composite material with a natural appearance and added strength to resist stains and scratches. Backed with the promise of high-quality that comes with the AZEK name, AZEK Pavers come with a 10-year limited warranty and no crack guarantee in residential applications. They:

  • Are composed of up to 95% recycled material
  • Use a patented grid system that reduces installation time by one–third
  • Come in 5 colors, 3 applications, and any number of patterns

Next, choose colors that will best match your landscaping and compliment your home’s exterior. And, finally, decide on a pattern!