While you may already know that staining is a necessary step for maintaining your deck, you may not know that fall is the best season to do so. Not only will a crisp fall day provide you with comfortable temperatures to work outside, but it will also provide you with optimal temperatures for applying your deck stain! As you prepare your deck for the dropping temperatures and inclement weather of winter, consider the many reasons why fall is the best season to stain your deck for the year.
Fall Temperatures are Optimal for Deck Stain Application
Deck stains should be applied between temperatures above 50 and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. These last weeks of September, as well as the upcoming weeks of early October, are ideal for completing this maintenance step for your deck. With this, it is also best to apply your deck stain away from direct sunlight. For this reason, an overcast day with cool temperatures in the fall is the perfect time to stain your deck so that it is well protected from the elements this winter.
Fall Weather Keeps Your Deck Dry for Applying a Stain
Spring and summer days offer not only warmer temperatures, but also a significant amount of precipitation that can ruin a stain. Because stain requires a dry deck for a secure application, a week of dry fall weather is ideal for staining your deck than in summer or spring humidity. More specifically, the moderate temperatures of early fall are optimal for staining, as the later fall weeks may bring colder days that are too chilly for your stain.
Fall Staining will Keep You on Track for Annual Deck Maintenance
Stay on track with your regular deck maintenance by taking advantage of ‘in-between’ seasons for maintenance tasks. By starting your deck maintenance in the fall, your deck will be protected from weather such as snow, excessive rain, and fluctuating temperatures that may otherwise cause the wood to crack and warp over time.
Keep Your Deck Looking Great this Year!
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