Using Deck Stain With Sand

Silica Sand Deck Stain

A slippery wet deck can be dangerous. When a deck is in a high traffic area, prone to ice, or is just always slippery only a few options exist. A frequent question is if you can add sand to deck stain to increase the traction.

Once a deck has been stained or painted, it will need to be re-applied every 2-5 years depending on the product selected, and how much use your deck sees. A good way to check if your deck needs to be resealed is to perform a water absorption test. Pour some water onto the deck, if it absorbs any moisture, your deck needs to be re-stained or painted. On a properly stained deck, water should bead up and run off or evaporate from the surface.

You can easily add silica sand to deck stain and it will add great traction. Some stipulations do apply. You will not be able to use sand with clear or semi-transparent stains. Sand can be added to solid stains by mixing the sand thoroughly in the wet stain before applying.

You can also apply premade traction products similar to the type you add on stairs. It comes like a sticker and you peel the backing off then apply it to the deck. Sometimes you might need to use liquid nails to make sure it wont peel up. Especially if the surface is not extremely smooth.

Whether you want a gorgeous stain to preserve the wood grain or a touch of color to add character, NorthCraft is happy to help. We know that painting or staining your deck on your own can be a tricky and time-consuming process, so trust a professional to get the job done right. We can give your deck a beautiful new coat of paint that will eliminate all signs of fading and make it shine.

In conclusion adding silica sand to your deck is a fast and easy way to increase the traction and increase safety.

Call (630) 489-6970 or schedule a free estimate online and restore the look of your deck today.

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