Chicago weather is unforgivable to your house exterior, including your deck. Decks and Porches are constantly exposed to rain, snow, and harmful sun rays that accelerate wear and tear. Staining your deck is the best way to protect it from the elements.
Staining is similar to painting. Very often, a stained deck looks just like a painted deck. No wonder people sometimes confuse
these two very different processes.
Wood stain, besides giving your deck the desired look and color, also seals and protects wood from the elements. Deck stain will also last longer on the surface, especially on the horizontal deck boards.
The preparation process is also very different when it comes to staining. It will depend on how old your deck is, the type of stain you will use, and a few other factors. A stained deck will look gorgeous and last for many years when done correctly. That is why we strongly advise against painting your deck or porch. Stain it!