Staining or painting a wood deck will help your deck last longer because it will provide protection against rot, insects, wear, and tear.
And since a deck is one of the very first things people notice, an attractive deck adds a ton of intrinsic value to a home in the all important "first impression" dynamic.
So, is it better to paint or stain? Here are some things to consider:
Wood absorbs stain much deeper than it does paint. This means that paint, when it gets old, starts to chip, peel, and appear careworn, requiring near-immediate attention as soon as it starts to show signs of wear and tear. By contrast, stain will simply fade over time.
Harsh winter weather, so common in Ontario, can sometimes reduce the lifetime of a wood deck paint job even more.
Cedar, in particular, does not work well with paint. Paint doesn’t allow the cedar to breathe, which means you’ll actually reduce the lifespan of the deck.
You don’t have to give up colour if you stain a deck instead of painting it. You just need to get a solid stain. You aren’t limited to brown. There are stains in other colors such as grey.
If you do like the natural look and feel of wood you can just use a transparent or semi-transparent stain in a more natural color which allows you to see the grain of the wood.
What About Costs?
There’s always a lot of debate about whether paint or stain cost more in the long run.
This depends on how you’re evaluating the costs. Gallon for gallon stain is less expensive than paint, but you will need more of it.
On the other hand, the stain won’t have to be replaced as often, which means in the end you’ll still purchase less of it.
The time you’ll take scraping and sanding away peeling paint so that you can paint a deck a second time will also need to be taken into account. You can simply clean an old stained deck and reapply the stain, making for a faster project all around.
So, if your deck needs some attention, and if you live in the Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington area, why not call the professionals from Grant Painting Group and take advantage of 40 years' experience?
Our complete deck service includes:
The removal of any old stain or paint with wood strippers.
The cleaning of the surface with a wood cleaner and hard bristle brush followed by a thorough rinsing.
A thorough sanding of all wood to open the grain and prepare it for the application of stain.
The application of two full coats of stain to ensure thorough coverage and create strong color consistency.
A complete and thorough clean up of the project site at the end of each day.
A thorough walk through and inspection of the project with the client to ensure they are happy with all work.