Now that we are past Independence Day, it’s time to roll up those sleeves, power up that sander, and roll out the brushes as you take on your next DIY project: staining your porch. Staining is an effective, permanent solution to extending the life of the wood and protecting it from rotting, mildewing, warping and splintering while simultaneously enhancing the natural aesthetic of the wood substrates. Moreover, by preserving it with one of our Benjamin Moore stains, you can stretch your dollar further and mitigate the expense associated with replacing rotted, warped wood that is either unsightly or potentially hazardous in areas with heavy foot traffic.

Summer’s seasonal weather brings with it its own set of considerations related to protecting the constitutional integrity of wood porches, namely a high UV index and seasonal showers. This presents two major environmental factors that can cause damage to it if not treated properly. Wood is a porous material, so it is important to seal it and lock moisture out. It is also hygroscopic, meaning that the level of moisture in it shares a direct relationship with the relative humidity of the air around it. The constant expansion and shrinking effect caused by the change in moisture levels leads to warping of the wood over time. This is why it is important to protect your porch, allowing continued use for many years to come.

Here at East Cobb Ace Hardware, we proudly stock Benjamin Moore stains, such as ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stain and Coronado® Maxum® Stains and Primer. Whether you are looking to stain your porch, deck, or outdoor furniture, our knowledgeable associates are here to make your project a breeze! Come stop by today and just look for someone in that familiar red Ace vest to have your questions answered and help you get your project started the right way!