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Deck Stain change the color
Staining Guys STAINS. As the name implies, stains will change the color of the wood. The best deck stain is one with a penetrating oil base. My father always used linseed oil on his exterior wood surfaces. It was semi-transparent and darkened the wood slightly. It also smelled up the neighborhood for nearly 2 weeks.
Although linseed oil is still one of the best things to consider if you're focusing on the benefit to the wood, there are several products available today that are of equivalent value. The more wood penetration by the stain, the more protection is given to the wood.
If the wood is already weathered, a solid/opaque stain will do the best job of covering imperfections. Once it's on, it's a lot of work and expense to go back to a semi-transparent stain in the future. So figure you're stuck with opaque for the long term or call Staining Guys.
For Staining Guys the more opaque a stain is, the quicker it will show wearing and weathering. Even the best deck stain, if opaque, might need re-application every year, while a semi-transparent, wood tone treatment will last much longer. Solid opaque stains do not show the grain of the wood. Others do.
An interesting design option is to use semi-transparent on the deck, and opaque on the railings and/or siding, where the sun's effects aren't so strong. This two-color option could really be beautiful.
Keep in mind that darker colors absorb more heat than light colors. This could mean that the deck becomes uncomfortable for people with bare feet. It's probably a good idea to choose a color that blends with the siding on the house, or one that contrasts.
In conclusion, the best deck stain will be different stains for different people. To see the one the is best for you consult with Staining Guys, 800-618-6838.