I'm finally getting to the deck/gazebo, the last major project following the tornado almost 4 years ago now. I've had the decking on site for almost 4 years, so it's dry. At least it's dry until I install it. We've been having just about non-stop rain days the last few weeks. Farmers can't even get crops in. I've replaced the deck boards on the lower level and just finished the gazebo roof today. I had corrugated translucent fiberglass panels on the flat cupola as sort of a poor man's skylight. It worked well for a long time, but after 32 years it had some leaks. So, I closed it in with siding left over from the house, put a pitched roof on it and shingle the whole thing with shingles also left over from the house. Next I plan to replace the deck boards on the rest of the deck and then pull all the damaged fence and railing lumber. The place has been neglected, especially the last 4 years, as there were more pressing projects to take care of. It looks like an old abandoned building from a ghost town at this point, but it's still solid as the day I built it and still level and plumb. I added gutters this time also. I planned to the first time around buy never got "Around-To-it" . That wasn't too good for the deck. Since the deck will be new I plan to stain it mahogany to match the shingle color. The rest will be an opaque stain the same color as the house siding. I decided to go with Behr Solid color Waterproofing stain & Sealer for the vertical surfaces. There are so many reviews out there, but they're all over the place. One person says ZXY stain is best, the next person trashes the very same ZXY brand. As I mentioned the deck boards are new, so I'm planning a mahogany (or similar Translucent Stain for the deck). I haven't purchased that yet, so I thought I's ask if anyone has had good luck with any particular brand? I'm thinking proper prep work and application are as important as brand, at least judging by on-line reviews? I've looked at Behr, Sherwin Williams, Rock Solid, Olympic, Valspar, PPG, Cabot. I'm kind of leaning toward Cabot. But like I said, you can pick any of these and find positive and negative reviews. Any first hand experience with a particular brand would be appreciated. Thanks.