It is mid April in New England and it is still light out at 5 pm in the evening. After another long cold snowy winter we venture outside on to our decks and look down to see chipping, scratches and failed and worn out stain.
Most of us New Englanders are now in shorts as it has hit 40 degrees and are thinking of the summer.
Do we put our snowblowers away yet and take out the lawn mower or should we just put that thought away and stain the deck?
HOLD ON, As a fellow New Englander and one that people from other parts of the country are amused at my verbage of the american word I would say “It’s still to Wicked cold at night to stain the deck, I would just wash the Caahh with all your pent up energy.”
Actually on a serious not regarding your deck maintenance, it is still cool at night and the temperature swings will do more harm with the curing of any material you put on the deck as well as void any warranty for the materials you have used.
Most manufactures product state that the temperature should fall in a range. this is taken from a Sherwin William’s material specification for a deck stain:
“For best results apply in shade with surface temperatures between 50°F and 90°F. Do not apply if temperatures will fall below 40°F or if rain is expected within 24 hours after application.”
To be prepared for the day and time you can stain the deck a few things that can be performed prior to the weather cooperating for your project is:
Tips when staining:
When you are all done and while the stain is drying, you can go play in the Pahhk.