We recently got our deck redone with new planks of pressure-treated wood. We were advised by the contractor to give the planks 6 months before staining. It's time now. We live in central Indiana. The deck receives direct sunlight for about 8 hours of the day. I prefer the protection of the wood over appearance. In the past, we have used a semi-transparent stain. But this time I am open to using whatever will provide the most protection to our deck.
Would a solid stain offer better protection or are there other considerations that favor a semi-transparent stain for a pressure-treated wood deck?
Would it be better to go with a water or oil-based stain?
Any insights regarding this would be highly appreciated!!