You may not realize the importance of Staining your wood until there comes a time when you have to spend your weekend doing it. Seeing a porch or log home that needs staining badly is also a situation when you have no choice but staining.
Let’s explore how these Stains work and why are they important…
Protection of the wood
Before talking about the way stains work, let’s discuss what makes them important. The most vital thing they do is protecting the wood from water. Moving on to other benefit, it is protection of wood against rotting and deteriorating. What else? Well, protection from the harmful sunlight.
How stain works
Generally, stain colors are available in three forms. Resin, oil and alkyd act as binders and attach to the pigment present on the wooden surface. The stain sinks in the wood in order to protect it deep into the layer.
NOTE: Softwoods such as cedar accept stains more readily than hardwoods such as oak.
As far as excess stain is concerned, it can be wiped away after the pigment once absorbed in the binder. This extra stain occurs after the solvent evaporates. After completing the staining process, finishing the job with a protective coat is essential to wrap up the task. Few options available are wax, varnish and polyurethane.
How often staining is needed?
To achieve the best results for the wooden surfaces, make sure staining smaller area every single year. For log homes, staining is needed every 2 years; however, you need to do less of it at times because it all depends on the stain used.
When staining and caring for the wood, preparation is the key. Here, it is useful to know that staining done in the afternoon gives good results because there’s neither morning dew not extra moisture.
If you don’t have time to do the staining on your own, there are many professionals who can help. Be it your porch, log home, deck or any other wood outdoors, they provide the exterior wood stain solutions for all.