Can Composite Deck Boards Be Stained?

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Composite decking has become a premier choice for outdoor living areas. It closely mimics the appearance of wood but is far more durable and requires significantly less maintenance. However, you may wonder if it can be altered the same way that wood can. For example, can composite deck boards be stained? Certain brands of composite decking can technically be stained. However, it’s designed so that you won’t have to. 

How Composite Differs From Wood

Natural wood is affected by exposure to outdoor elements like sun and rain, so over time it can fade or discolor, requiring occasional staining to look new again. Composite, on the other hand, is made up of various materials including wood fibers and renewable resources. This combination ensures that composite decks will resist any sort of fading, so staining is never necessary. 

What If You Want to Stain Your Composite Deck?

While you’ll never need to stain your composite deck to preserve its appearance, you may want to eventually switch up its look. If you know ahead of time that you’re someone whose taste changes frequently and you won’t want the same deck color, talk with your deck installer beforehand. Explain to them that you may want to stain the deck in the future, and they can give you instructions on how to properly complete the job.


You don’t have to look far to find a reliable and knowledgeable company that installs composite decking. Tundraland proudly installs long-lasting composite decks that are impervious to fading, rotting, and warping. Contact us today to ask our team any questions you may have about building and caring for a composite deck at your Wisconsin home.

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