Decks often are the focal point of your backyard space—an outdoor living room to enjoy during nice weather. Decks also are an expensive investment, and most homeowners take steps to protect it by staining their decks to protect it from the elements, extend its life and beautify their outdoor space.
Maybe you finally decided this summer was the time to re-stain your deck. Maybe you just built and stained the deck recently. Either way, you took the time out of your weekend or maybe, you even took a few days off of work to properly apply the stain you bought, which has a nice, long warranty. Now it’s Saturday morning, the weather is nice and comfortable, and you decide to enjoy your morning’s coffee out on your deck. But when you go out back, all you see is the stain chipping, cracking, and peeling off of your deck. And there is nothing worse than when your deck starts cracking, chipping, peeling, or losing its color long before a stain is supposed to fail.
“How can this be? The stain came with a multi-year warranty,” you think to yourself. You stained your deck just last year. Your deck should not already have the chips and cracks it has. Maybe part of the stain is peeling away entirely. The bottom line is, this should not be happening to your nicely stained deck. Unfortunately, many customers who stained their decks or fences with Olympic MAXIMUM Stain + Sealant in One – Semi-Transparent and Olympic MAXIMUM Stain + Sealant in One – Toner stains report cracking, chipping, peeling or fading long before the warranty expires.
Olympic guarantees its MAXIMUM-brand stains will prevent water damage and graying for a minimum of six years (Semi-Transparent) and four years (Toner) on decks and eight years (Semi-Transparent) and six years (Toner) on fences and siding. These are bold warranties for stains that are cracking, chipping, and peeling on many customers’ decks and fences within a year of application. Frankly, the product cannot meet Olympic’s lofty guarantees. Continue reading