Painting vs. Staining Your Wooden Deck | Spectrum Painting

Painting vs. Staining Your Wooden Deck

Painting vs. Staining Your Wooden Deck

A home’s deck can be the most important feature of the exterior in many cases.  When the weather is nice, this turns into the outdoor living room for many families.  Between cookouts with family, movie nights and just unwinding in the great outdoors after a long day, a lot of time is spent in this space.

Solid wood decks do require care and maintenance. Unlike some alternatives, such as concrete, brick pavers, or synthetic deck boards, a real wooden deck requires a little bit of love from time to time.

One of the most important maintenance choices you can make for your deck is whether to apply a finish coat of some sort and if so, what to use. Should you paint it? Should you stain it? Should you just leave it au naturel?

Let’s go over the pros and cons of each:

Finishing Your Deck with Paint

Painting your wood deck can be a great choice. Paint has quite a few benefits over the other finish options such as stain or sealer, but it may not be for you if you want a natural looking wood deck.

Here are the pros and cons of painting your outside deck:

Pros of Paint:

Cons of Paint:

Staining Your Wood Deck

If you decide paint is not for you, you’ll probably look at either semi-transparent stains or a clear sealer for your deck. This category is very broad, encompassing many different types of finish material, but we can still look at a few of the more general pros and cons.

Pros of Stain:

Cons of Stain:

Both Options Offer Protection

Both paint and stain can give you a deck that lasts years longer than it would if left untreated. These materials make the wood less water absorbent, causing the wood to stay dry on the inside. They also include compounds designed to protect the wood from harmful UV rays, which means less of the awful sun damage that can ruin exposed wood decks.

In the end, the little bit of effort required to maintain a wood deck can be well worth it. Spectrum Painting is here to help you determine what’s best for your wood deck and is currently scheduling estimates.  Give us a call today at 973-706-6033 to schedule an estimate and get on our exterior calendar!

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