Staining Exotic Hardwood Decking, Is It a Good Idea?
We often get asked, “Can I stain my exotic hardwood deck?”
Politely, we ask in return, “Do you want to change the color of your existing hardwood deck or do you want to bring back the color of your existing deck?”
You see, what often happens is that people think a hardwood deck is just like one made of Redwood, Cedar, or Douglas fir. These decking materials are stainable because they’re softer and can soak in chemical treatments. Exotic hardwoods are denser, have a tight grain, and are infused with natural oils that give it that extra layer of resilience. They don’t need to be stained in the traditional sense. If you follow this blog, you’ll see that we’ve previously touched on how to “bring back the look of your exotic deck.” It’s really easy to do and should be done routinely at least once a year if you truly desire the lush look of your decking.
Have we had customers adventurous enough to darken their deck? Yes. However, what many found was that the decking we sell is so strong and resilient that stains don’t nearly last as long as they would on softer decking options. Think of it this way. Would you buy a Ferrari and spray paint it? If the immediate reaction to that question is “Heck no!” then you see where we’re coming from.
Natural Brazilian hardwood displays some of the finest color variation you will ever see. From the beautiful mix of golden browns to reddish brown in Cumaru decking to the eye-catching contrast of color in Tigerwood, you’ll feel good knowing you own a deck that looks truly exotic. There’s really no need to improve on something so perfect (maybe that’s why the composite decking companies always boast how their synthetic deck materials “mimic” the look of our natural hardwoods). As they say, “nothing beats the real thing.”