Is It Better to Paint or Stain a Deck?

Nov 29, 2019 | Home Improvement

Decks can add to your home’s curb appeal and outdoor living space. But like any part of your home, they do require maintenance. Without adequate protection, the wood will warp and crack and can lose the appeal that it adds.

Is It Better to Paint or Stain a DeckYou can either paint or stain your deck for added protection. But which one is better? It depends on your preference and other factors. Deck and window replacement company Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC shares the following tips for deciding whether to paint or stain.

Painting Your Deck

The Pros

  • You have more color options. Paint is available in a variety of colors and hues. You can match your deck’s color with the existing exterior of your house.

  • Paint can hide flaws. If you have an old deck or use reclaimed wood for building your deck, painting can be a better option for you.

  • A quality paint job can last up to 10 years.

The Cons

  • Paint can chip and peel. Wood naturally expands and contracts with the change in temperature and moisture can eventually lead to chipping and peeling of the paint.

  • Paint hides the beauty of the wood. If you are leaning towards a natural look, painting over the wood may not be appealing to you.

  • Paint is more or less permanent, according to trusted deck and roofing contractors. Once you decide to paint your deck, you must be ready to commit to it. If you change your mind after a few years, staining a previously painted deck will require a lot of time and effort plus it could get expensive.

Staining Your Deck

The Pros

  • Staining enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

  • A quality stain penetrates the wood grain and prevents moisture from penetrating the wood.

  • A stain is easier to apply compared to paint which usually needs two coats and sealing.

The Cons

  • Stains must be reapplied more often. A quality oil-based stain can last five years at the most.

  • Stains can’t hide cracks and flaws.

For professional deck installation or repair, turn to Turner Home Improvement Contractors. We also offer siding replacement, roof replacement and remodeling services. For questions and estimates, call (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Glastonbury, CT.