How to Make Your Deck Stain Last Longer by Brush & Roll Painting

How to Make Your Deck Stain Last Longer

Hey everyone, Bill Carlson of Brush and Roll Painting here.

It snowed a few days ago and I thought I would do a video on the proper way to maintain a deck, especially after it snows!

I get asked a lot of questions when I go out on estimates…

“How come my deck stain isn’t lasting as long as it should?”

Many people would say it would last 3 to 5 years, but they are only getting maybe a year or two out of it.

So, I wanted to show you guys the proper way to clear off a deck so it can last a lot longer. So, come on outside. I have a deck here and it has some snow on it.

And you can see how the snow is sitting on all the areas of the deck. If the snow sits on there, it deteriorates the finish of the deck.

And this deck here has not been finished, so even if the deck isn’t finished, it’s still very important to get all the snow off of it, and any water that is puddled up on there, get that off as well, because all that is going to do is, it is going to sit on top, and it is going to end up rotting the wood out.

So, I have a few tools here for doing the decks. The first one is the shovel.

And this is why a lot of the warranties on decks, we don’t give a very big warranty, because if you go out on your deck and use a shovel like this, you can see this shovel, it is not a real good, sharp edge.

It is going to dig in and it may mar the surface, may make a scratch, and if it makes a scratch into that finish, then all of a sudden, you are going to have a failure in that area.

The worst thing you can do is, take a shovel like this, and scoop the deck off, you will end up damaging it.

So what we recommend, you would be better off. First of all, you would be better off if you just let the snow sit on there, then use a shovel like this, especially if your deck has been freshly finished.

I recommend using a stiff broom like this. And then you just take it and you just move it off, you just sweep it off.

The best way you can get it, it doesn’t need to be completely off, as soon as the sun hits an area like this, it’s going to melt and it’s going to go away.

But you definitely want to get all the snow off, you don’t want it to sit on.

Another way, you could use a broom like this, of course with this broom here, you are going to get a lot more done, you could use a squidgy, that’s another good way especially for rain, this puddling up on the deck, you could use all those long


I don’t have one of those, but I just thought it would be good to come out here and show you guys, we probably do 30 to 50 decks a year.

I thought it would be a good thing to show you guys the proper way to maintain a deck.

So, I am going to go about cleaning this deck off, it’s great talking to you guys.

If anybody is interested in an estimate on a deck, my name is Bill Carlson with Brush and Roll painting.

Keep us in mind, thanks!