Question about when to stain deck

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Old 05-01-20, 01:53 PM
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Question about when to stain deck

Hello. I had new decks built last fall. The dude used treated wood, which I've read should be allowed to weather until water no longer beads on the surface before staining. I did the "bead test" and confirmed that water is still beading, so I thought I should wait to apply the stain. However, I've noticed that the wood is starting to crack in multiple places. Is this a problem, or is it still okay to wait to stain until the fall?
 
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Old 05-01-20, 04:59 PM
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PT wood typ dries out in a year and cracking is a characteristic of that crap, personally I hate the stuff and have had composit decks for 20 years and they are fantastic. a money saver in the long run.

Let it dry out over the summer, use a deck cleaner, then stain, Sikens is probably the best stain out there, my railings are 11 years old and just now having to touch them up so it;s done a great job!
 
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Usually you can stain a deck within 6 months. The odds are you can stain your deck now. As noted above it should be cleaned first.
 
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Thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it!
 
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Old 05-03-20, 06:35 PM
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Cool. Thanks for the feedback. This is really helpful!
 
 

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