Are you building a new patio/deck, or do you want to give your existing patio a second life?
Do you wonder if it would be better to opt for paint or stain for the coating of your deck?
Here is everything you need to know to be able to make the right choice between deck staining vs. painting in New Haven, CT.
If you are building a new wooden deck, you must think carefully before taking out the brushes.
If you change your mind after one year, you will have to embark on serious work to redeem your error, especially if you want to go from painted wood to bare, stained wood –long hours of sanding are to be expected.
The stain does not flake, which makes work a little less pressing when there is natural wear.
Also, the stain generally protects the wood better from the weather and allows it to breathe.
Stain enhances and allows the natural beauty of wood to show through.
So if your deck is still new and the wood is still intact, staining might be your best option.
The stain, when it wears out, changes color in some places, which can make your patio look messy.
In addition, there are fewer stain colors to choose from.
Finally, you absolutely must apply the stain with a brush to allow time for the wood to absorb it. This can make the task quite long, and therefore difficult to coordinate with the temperature.
The number one advantage of paint over stain is the wide choice of colors.
If you want a bright, crisp color, chances are you will have to opt for latex paint.
Also, paint provides full surface coverage and a little more protection compared to stain –especially for older woods.
At the rhythm of the seasons, the paint may flake, even if you have applied it in ideal conditions. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, flaking paint can make a simple cleaning task tedious and can cause various further defects, such as splinters.
Also, you will need to apply a primer before painting to properly seal the wood.
Above all, the choice between a stain or paint should depend on your personal preferences.
Do you want a glossy and colorful finish? Only paint can give you such a luster.
Do you prefer a matte finish or a natural look of wood? The stain is probably a better choice for you.
In the end, the appearance you are looking for should be the main factor when making your decision.
To properly plan your exterior paint or stain work, you will need to be on the lookout for the weather.
Make sure it doesn’t rain within 48 hours of painting or staining.
Avoid applying your stain or paint directly under the sun’s rays.
Regardless of whether you choose to paint or stain, always apply at least two coats.
Once your painting or staining work is done, don’t forget to recycle your leftovers or empty containers.
Have a great summer on your freshly refinished deck!
If you’re not sure about the color and type of stain to use, it’s a good idea to try out a small sample of the stain first before making a full commitment.
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