I want to find a good stain/protectant that will last for at least a few years. I don't mind if it's a little expensive. I'd rather go expensive and get something that lasts than to go inexpensive again and get something I have to redo every year.
The biggest factor in choosing a product for me is that this deck gets no shade. It's in the sun pretty much all day long, so I need something that would stand up to that amount of heat. I ran across something called One TIME Wood that costs about $85 per gallon. They guarantee that a single coat will last seven years. That's starting to look pretty good but I can't find it locally.
Do the big places like Home Depot or Lowe's carry anything that's actually high quality, or can I expect most of the stuff they sell to be about the quality of the Thompson's stuff?