Three Things You Should Know Before Painting Your Deck

Three Things You Should Know Before Painting Your Deck

It’s about that time of year when house painting and other outside projects take front and center on our to-do lists. Painting or staining your deck is one of those chores that need to be done regularly to keep your deck and property looking great all year long. And as you know, the harsh elements of northern New Jersey can really wreak havoc on your deck paint, which means it’s important to update that paint colors and stains every so often.

If you’ve never painted your deck, no worries! Spectrum Painting can do it for you. Our painters are certified and experienced in all things exterior paint.

Here are a few things you need to know before you call us to schedule:

When to paint

Generally speaking, late spring and summer are the best times to apply the deck paint. Obviously, you want to have a few consecutive days with warm weather with a lot of sunshine. Be sure to schedule in plenty of time in case the weather puts the project on hold, especially when New Jersey has a week straight of rain! Another good time of year is early autumn when the summer heat starts to leave the region. Just don’t wait until it’s too late! New Jersey winters can sneak up on us, and our painters don’t apply any exterior paint colors in the snow.

Time frame

Deck paint typically requires dry weather for about two to four days with temperatures in the mid-80s. This ensures the deck paint dries evenly and thoroughly. Keep weather in mind as you schedule your house painting projects with us. Our crew of painters will consider this too before applying the deck paint. They’ll keep track of the weather as they work in case patterns change. And as you know, weather can be fickle, so we’re always prepared.

Clean deck and make sure wood is dry

Preparedness is key to having a great finished deck. In addition to planning ahead with the weather, the crew will need to take time to clean the deck properly and make sure the wood is dry. Painters do not want to apply paint colors to a deck that’s still wet from a previous storm. In addition, painting over old, chipped paint is not ideal, which is why cleaning it is important before we begin. Talk with our painters to determine what will need to be addressed before we can apply any exterior paint colors.

If you keep these three things in mind, it will be a seamless experience. Not to mention, the deck will look beautiful. And as always, if you need help with your interior and other exterior painting projects, our team of painters will help you pick the right paint color and help you apply them (so you don’t have to). If you live in Northern New Jersey and want more information about all of our exterior and interior painting services, contact us today! Happy painting, everyone!

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