Everything You Need to Know About Water-Based Oil Deck Stains
Posted by WOCA WOODCARE
As the end of summer draws near, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your deck for the seasons ahead. Brutal thunderstorms, harsh winters, ice, snow, hail—they can all give your deck a serious beating.
Luckily, treating your deck is a simple and effective solution to prepare it for what’s ahead.
When you seal the surface of your wood, you’re ensuring your deck can stand up to anything mother nature throws its way. This typically involves staining or oiling it so moisture can’t penetrate to the porous wood below.
Then, how do you decide which wood deck finish is right for you? And what are the advantages of water-based stain vs. oil-based treatments?
With so many products on the market, choosing the correct one can be confusing (to say the least). This guide will take you through everything you need to know about water-based oil deck stains so you can make the right choice for protecting your deck.
Traditional Oil-Based Finishes vs. Water-Based Stains
Decking oils typically come in two varieties—water-based and oil-based. Traditional oil-based deck finishes are less durable than water-based stains. Water-based stains are generally easier to work with and dry more quickly.
Other essential factors to consider when choosing a deck or wood finishing treatment are health and environmental risks. Traditional oil-based stains rely on strong solvents to thin the heavier components of oil-based treatments. These solvents evaporate or “gas out” after the oil-based stain is applied.
As these solvents dry, they release volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air. VOCs have been linked to serious respiratory illnesses and even certain types of cancer. Because of this, many locations seek to limit their use. More and more states have passed legislation limiting VOCs, making water-based decking stains a more attractive option for both ease of use and health considerations.
WOCA Water-Based Oil Deck Stains
WOCA Oil Stains are unique water and plant-based stains that offer many advantages over traditional oil-based treatments. The composition of WOCA Exterior Wood Oil products is eco-friendly because it doesn’t contain the kind of harsh chemical solvents that conventional oil-based treatments require.
Its special plant and water-based composition makes it a responsible choice for the environment, plus there is peace of mind in knowing it’s healthier for you and your loved ones. Its convenience is unmatched, as the water-based composition is absorbed more thoroughly by the treated wood and makes for easier cleanup.
WOCA Exterior Oil is ideal for all outdoor wood surfaces, including:
- Domestic woods like cedar, redwood, oak, and ash
- Pressure-treated lumbers such as pine
- Exotic and tropical woods, such as mahogany, teak, zebrawood, and more
- Wood that has been thermally modified
Protect & Beautify with WOCA
WOCA Exterior Wood oil is an excellent option that provides both protection and a choice of attractive designer colors. It fortifies wood by penetrating deep into the grain. As it dries, it hardens the wood from the inside out, strengthening and providing deep layers of protection from the damaging effects of environmental exposure.
There are many advantages of water-based stain when compared to oil-based treatments, and WOCA provides the best of both worlds. Water-based oil stains won’t chip, peel, or flake, and work to seal the wood’s surface, providing a barrier against the damaging effects of wind and rain. They also offer considerable UV protection. The R10 non-slip rating means they also provide superior traction, making them a safer option all around.
Attractive, Eco-Friendly, Year-Round Protection
WOCA Exterior Oil’s superior UV protection means the direct sunlight of the warm summer months won’t weather, fade, or dry your wooden deck. As summer draws to a close, water-based oil stains protect your investment against the harsher, colder weather of fall and winter.
With fourteen designer color options available, WOCA Exterior Oil will improve the appearance and durability of your wooden deck, children’s playscape, gazebo, landscaping treatments, patio set, fencing, or any other wooden structure you wish to protect.
Protect Your Deck with the Right Stain
As a homeowner, it can be hard to know which stain type is right for you. Should you select water-based? Oil-based? Perhaps, a mix?
But rest assured that water-based oil stains are the standout choice for any wooden deck. They offer superior protection, better safety, and a lower environmental impact than traditional oil-based stains. Simply put, they’re just better and your deck will thank you for it!
Be sure to check out WOCA’s exterior oils and treatment products here.