Deck protection: OLYMPIC brings homeowners the facts

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6, 2009 – As homeowners prepare for another season of outdoor entertaining and enjoyment, they’ll want to make sure their outdoor wood surfaces are protected and looking their best. For long-lasting good looks and defense against the harmful effects of the elements, decks and outdoor wood accessories need yearly care. When it comes to protecting your outdoor wood surfaces, Olympic Exterior Stains, one of America’s leading exterior wood stain brands, offers the following facts:


  1. Protection – The wood on your deck has something in common with Swiss cheese and sponges – it’s filled with pores. While the pores in wood are extremely small, they can fill up with water and dirt, which can cause the wood to warp, discolor and splinter. Mold and mildew can also grow in these tiny holes breaking down the deck’s structural integrity. Olympic Exterior Stains penetrate the wood, sinking into the pores, blocking out harmful elements and protecting the wood for years to come.

  2. Maintenance – For many homeowners, when it comes to regular maintenance for outdoor wood surfaces – the easier, the better. Olympic Exterior Stains makes upkeep a breeze. When it’s time for a new coat of stain, homeowners only need to follow two simple steps – clean and restore with Olympic Deck Cleaner, then protect and beautify with Olympic sealants and stains.
    • Tip: If you are unsure about if it is time to stain or seal your deck, pour a small cup of water on a few horizontal surfaces. If water is absorbed in less than 10 minutes, or if the surface color darkens, then it is time to stain or seal your deck.
  3. Beauty – Wooden furniture and accessories add a touch of natural beauty and comfort to gardens, patios, decks and backyards. Olympic Exterior Stains enable homeowners to add a splash of color that showcases their style while allowing the wood’s natural texture to show through.
    • Tip: Olympic Maximum sealants and stains are available in more than 160 semi-transparent and solid stain colors. Not sure which shade is right for your outdoor living space? Olympic makes it easy by offering semi-transparent and solid-color selector brochures, which display Olympic’s full collection of beautiful colors to help you make the right color selection.


Maximum and Olympic are trademarks of PPG Industries.




Eileen Schnorr
PPG Architectural Coatings

Julie McNeal