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I just moved into a new (well, old) house. The previous owners put in a deck probably about 1 year ago. It's treated lumber, but they hadn't yet stained it. Winter is approaching quickly here in upstate NY, so I'd like to wait until Spring if I can. But I'm concerned that letting it sit unstained through the winter will have long term effects on the wood. So, can I wait? or should I do it?

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It'll be fine. You should always wait at least one year anyways to make sure the wood is fully dried. I think I waited almost 3 years before I stained parts of my deck, with no detrimental effects.

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1 full year is usually enough time before staining treated lumber. If you are worried about it wait one more year.

When the wood starts to change colors is a sure sign it is okay.

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