A deck with a nice finish is not only nice to look at, but does wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Homeowners generally have two options when it comes to the deck’s finish: painting it or staining it. Which option works better for your home’s deck? Our residential roofing and deck building specialists weigh in on the matter.
Painting the deck coats it with a solid color. Depending on the material, a deck may have acrylic or latex paint as a finish. Painting is generally preferred when you’re more concerned about maintenance since a good paint job will last longer than a stained finish. You also get more color options with paint. Last but not least, paint works on decks with metal or composite components.
Painting is a great low-maintenance option but it does have its downsides. Commercial roofing and deck building experts say that paint’s biggest disadvantage is that it tends to hide the natural color and texture of wood. Paint also tends to be difficult to get rid off in case you decide to update your deck’s colors in the future.
Staining involves using semi-transparent stains or sealers as a finish. Some stains have a darker color that brings out the wood’s textures, while others are almost clear and designed mostly to preserve the natural look of the wood. Although not as thick as paint, stains have some degree of waterproofing and UV protection.
Any roofing company will tell you that staining tends to look better on wooden decks but they require a bit more TLC than the usual paint jobs. A stained deck will require re-staining every other year, and it will rarely be able to cover up signs of weathering on low-quality wood. However, many homeowners are willing to bear with those downsides in exchange for better looks.
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