Cool types of deck coatings include semi-transparent deck stain coatings such as the Superdeck Oil-Based Semi-Transparent finish by Sherwin-Williams and deck paints such as acrylic paint. Other popular deck coatings include clear finishes and deck sealers.
Semi-transparent stain coatings penetrate the surface of the deck and do not peel off. Semi-transparent coatings leave textures on the deck's surface visible such as wood grain but tint the color of the deck. The Superdeck Oil-Based Semi-Transparent deck coating prevents moisture damage by repelling water. It is scratch-resistant and provides mildew protection.
Clear finishes are clear and do not color the surface of the deck. These finishes usually contain preservatives and water repellents. Clear deck finishes do not last as long as other deck coatings since they do not penetrate the deck's surface. The Olympic Wood Protector manufactures a clear finish that was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal and covers 150 to 350 square feet of deck.
Solid stain coatings, or paint coatings, do not penetrate the deck's surface. Deck paint coatings obscure the deck's surface and cover up other textures and colors. Acrylic paint is a deck coating that coats the surface in a protective layer that resists damage from the sun's UV rays. Solid acrylic paint coatings can last for up to five years. The paint also fills in cracks in damaged decks, making them appear newer.