Summer is getting ready to make its exit, but because of the sunshine and rain’s effect on your wooden patio, it’s important to consider some maintenance and care to keep the natural look all year long.

Wood stains come in three different varieties—clear, which will show off more of the grain and natural look of the wood; solid, which covers the wood completely; and semi-transparent, which is a mixture of both a solid and a clear stain.

If you’re looking to freshen up your patio, these Consumer Reports top-rated wood stains might be what you’re looking for:

This clear wood stain provides strength and protection from mildew and UV ray damage. The formula is water based, so it’s easy to clean up. Best of all, it’s a one day project, so you can apply to damp or dry wood in just one coat and go on with the rest of your day.

If a solid stain for your deck is what fits your style, this 100 percent acrylic formula seals out water and protects from UV ray damage. This wood stain can be used to prepare new to heavily weathered or cracking wood stains.

If you fall in the middle and want a wood stain that’s semi-transparent, this product also had high ratings from Consumer Reports. The formula for this wood stain is also acrylic, seals out water and protects from UV ray damage. You can use it on properly prepared new to moderately weathered, unsealed exterior wood surfaces.

What qualities do you look for in a wood stain? Let us know in the comments!