I have a brand new deck, built of pressure treated wood. My contractor said to wait until next year before I put anything on it. Should I wait?

Home/I have a brand new deck, built of pressure treated wood. My contractor said to wait until next year before I put anything on it. Should I wait?

I have a brand new deck, built of pressure treated wood. My contractor said to wait until next year before I put anything on it. Should I wait?

No! Even pressure treated wood (PTW) will be adversely affected by sunlight and water. The surface wood fibers will degrade, resulting in graying and splintering. With time more serious damage will likely occur; for instance, cracking and warping. Use a stain that’s specially formulated to penetrate the hard surface of new PTW and protect it from the elements, while affording resistance to mildew.