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All decked out: Deck stains and sealants
Protect your deck -- and the health of both your family and the planet -- with eco-friendly, low/no-VOC wood stains.
Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 08:59 AM
Howdy and welcome to the latest installment of “All decked out," a series of of posts where I tackle a part of the home where the great outdoors and the green indoors meet: your patio, porch, lanai, deck, terrace, or whatever you might call it. So far, I’ve recommended outfitting your outdoor space with eco-friendly planters
, non-gruesome bug traps
, alfresco eatin’ and drinkin’ wares
, decor items
, low-impact lamps and lanterns
, eye-catching watering cans
, and outdoor furnishings including chairs
, and eco-swings and hammocks
Last week, I switched gears to focus on chlorine bleach-free cleaners
used to safely and effectively eradicate wood decks of mold, mildew, grit, and grime, and to also prep them for today's "All decked out" topic: exterior stains and sealants.
Although it may be true that oil-based wood stains last-longer and penetrate better, if you're embarking on a deck staining/sealing project why not look into a water- or bio-based formula that's free of petrochemicals and emits minimal volatile organic compounds
(VOCs)? Like with indoor paints, the VOCs found in exterior wood stains are linked to a wide array of long- and short-term health complications making it equally important to pay mind to the outdoor air quality
around your home.
Additionally, treating your deck with an eco-friendly stain eliminates any risk of harmful chemicals being washed off your deck and entering local water supplies when it rains.
Here are a few low-toxicity, low/no-VOC exterior wood stains to consider:
TimberSoy Natural Wood Stain @GreenDepot
($36.95, 1 gal.)
Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey Exterior Wood Finish @ EcoHaus
BioWash Natural Deck Oil @ EcoHaus
($42.99, 1 gal.)
ECO FIN Eco Friendly Deck Stain @ Sun Frog
($15, 1 qt; $34, 1 gal.)
Sansin DEC Deck Stain
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