What is the difference between a stain and oil for your decking?

 

Stain

- Stain is waterbased and soaks into the timber decking

- Stain leaves the natural surface of the timber decking as it is not a coating on top, it is what the timber soaks up

 

Oil

 - Oil is a protective coating for your decking and sits on top of the wood

- It can stain your decking a colour

- You can also purchase oil that is clear so that you can preserve the current colour of the timber decking

- As some woods already have a colour you may want to use a clear oil to protect your decking without having to change the colour

- It lasts longer than an oil because it is penetrated into the timber decking

 

*TIP - you can buy a 3 year coating in some hardware stores. This will save you from having to redo this every year.

 

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Why is Merbau Better Than Treated Pine For Your Decking?

 

We have many clients that ask us what the difference is between a merbau decking and a treated pine decking. See below all the reasons why you should build your decking out of merbau:

- Merbau is rot resistant meaning that your decking is highly unlikely to fall apart like a treated pine decking

- Merbau is a hardwood so is therefore stronger where as treated pine is a softwood and tends to rot if left untreated

- Merbau is easier to work with when building your decking because it is a hardwood it means that it is fairly straight and remains that way for a long time. Treated pine can buckle and twist with the elements and tends to have half the life span of a merbau decking

- As treated pine warps it means that the final finished decking won't look as nice because there can be different sized gaps. It also means that sometimes the wood doesn't fit together neatly.

- Merbau is easier to maintain for your decking as one coat of oil and you are done for 3 years (dependent on the type of oil purchased) whereas you need to paint a treated pine decking at least once a year

- Merbau decking is the cheapest of the hardwoods

- Merbau decking although a little more expensive to begin with, is better value for money as it lasts longer and needs less maintenance than treated pine

 

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