oil or water based stain
I know this question as well has probably come up a number of times on this forum but was wondering which is better. I have a huge deck (2500 sq ft.) of pressure treated wood that gets mostly shade through spring, summer, and fall here in NJ. I moved in to the house 3 years ago and had a company treat the deck with wolmans clear and it seemed to wear off in a year completely. I now want to use a semi transparent stain and have gotten several estimates. I am leaning toward READY SEAL STAIN but one contractor said that the ready seal will turn brown b/c i get alot of mold b/c of shade. I asked them about twp but they haven't heard of it. two recommended behr but from this forum sounds like crap. any recommendations on ready seal, cabots, or something else? also what is better oil based or waterbased? I need something to last around 3 years b/c of the cost. this has been bugging me for a couple of weeks now.