Deck Painting

IS IT BETTER TO PAINT OR STAIN MY DECK?

What is that magic product that will look perfect on your deck and last halfway to forever? Unfortunately, there is no single product that is best for coating everyone’s deck, and nothing will be as perfect or permanent as we might wish. When you are trying to decide whether to paint or stain your deck, you’ll need to evaluate the pros and cons of each product.

MAYBE I SHOULD PAINT MY DECK

If your deck was previously painted, then paint is the best option for recoating. The labor involved in stripping all of the old paint so you could switch to stain is prohibitive.

With a new deck, you get to choose your finish. Paint has the advantage of offering more color options than stain. Additionally, it forms a water-resistant film on the surface, filling small gaps and cracks. This helps to protect wood from water intrusion. Finally, paint is more UV resistant than stain, meaning it will hold its intended color longer than stain will.

Keep reading, though, to find out about potential problems with painting a deck.

LASTING RESULTS

Here are a few more tips to help you get the most out of your deck paint or deck stain:

  • If you paint, use a primer first. This helps prepare and protect the wood, extending the life of your paint.
  • Whatever you use, make sure the wood is clean and totally dry before you begin.
  • Make sure every surface is coated, especially including the end-grain of the wood.
  • Give the deck surface enough time to cure fully before you begin walking on it or put the furniture back on.