Planning On Staining Your Deck?

Deck StainNow that the intense summer sun is gone, you may have noticed that your deck has faded quite a bit.  There are a few things you need to consider before heading out and getting the necessary materials to stain your deck.

What You Need To Know

Applying a new coat of stain to your deck does not only give it a fresh new look adding to your home’s curb appeal, it also helps with protecting your deck.


When it comes to picking the right stain for your deck, understanding opacity is very important, according to the experts at Benjamin Moore. Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood:

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.


The color of your deck can really help tying it in with the design of your home. Consider making your deck the same color as your home’s trim. For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color. Benjamin Moore offers a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

Don’t Want To Go All The Way?

Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way. The will help to revitalize your deck and will be a rather easy project to complete.

Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and banisters only. Pull from your interior color palette, or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.

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Helm, locally owned and operated, has been in business since 1970 and is an independent dealer of Benjamin Moore Paints and Finishes. Our trained specialists are available to assist you in selecting paint and supplies for your business.

We have 6 locations across the Metro New Orleans area, for your convenience, to serve you.

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