Having a beautiful deck is a forever tradition for most Americans. Even now, its popularity in the market has remained, including in areas with colder climates; why?
Because everyone is ditching the formal living spaces and creating a more modern kind of lifestyle, and that includes creating a relaxation space or an entertainment space outdoors, hence the decks.
However, decks need maintenance like any other functional part of your home. Whether you choose to paint or stain, one thing we can agree on is unprotected wood deck deteriorates quickly, and soon they crack or warp and become unsightly.
The first step of deck maintenance is applying a protection layer to either stain or paint.
So, which is better?
There are so many reasons to paint your deck:
- Paint provides a uniform look; it masks all kinds of flaws on the deck, making it the perfect option to consider, especially if your deck is at its worst.
- Painting allows you to enjoy a wide array of color options – meaning you can easily unify your home’s exterior with complementary paint colors.
- It is easy to maintain a painted deck compared to a stained one- first. You won’t need to refinish a painted deck as you would with a stained one. Plus, a good paint job will last for almost ten years before it needs repainting.
However, the drawbacks to painting include:
- It does conceal the unique beauty of wood decks, so if you’re looking for something unique, painting is not the option for you.
- Painting traps moisture in wood, which will eventually cause the paint to peel and chip, leaving an unsightly appearance.
- Paint is a permanent option; once you paint your deck, you can never think of staining if you want a change.
There are also a lot of reasons to consider staining:
- Staining enhances the natural beauty of wood decks, hence the unique factor.
- With stains, you can choose the level of opacity you want for your deck.
- There are 3 kinds of stains; solid stains will cover the deck just like painted wood, and semi transparent stains offer a touch of color while allowing the wood’s character to show. Lastly, clear wood stain lets you preserve the natural color of the wood so you can enjoy its natural beauty.
- Staining is more of a safety option to go with; it is less slippery than paint, so if you have kids or you have concerns about slippage, choosing to stain is your safest bet.
Staining also has its drawbacks:
- It doesn’t last as long as paint; you’ll need to refinish your deck more frequently.
- Staining doesn’t hide any flaws
So, which one would you prefer?
Whichever it is, it’s best to hire an expert.
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Whichever option you desire, we’ll take the time to examine your areas and recommend the best option to choose. If you’d like to find out more about our painting and staining services, feel free to give us a call.