When choosing whether to paint or stain your outdoor deck, it is important to consider which option will provide you with the look you have in mind while being able to protect your deck from the elements. Sun, rain, dirt, footsteps, and more can damage your deck and ruin its appearance, so it is important that whichever option you choose isn’t easily worn down, especially if it is a high traffic area. Here are a few things to consider when choosing between painting or staining your outdoor deck.
Painting Your Deck
Painting is generally a perfectly fine option for most outdoor surfaces. However, one of the primary issues with painting an outdoor deck is that water can become trapped beneath the paint. When this water becomes trapped under the paint, it can cause the paint to chip, peel, or even cause wood rot. So, while paint can be a great option for many outdoor surfaces, it can lead to costly consequences when used on decks.
Staining Your Deck
While paint can trap moisture beneath it, a quality stain and sealer will penetrate the wood, seal it, and allow moisture to escape. As a result, you will not experience any cracking, chipping, peeling, or rot. Additionally, wood stains come in a variety of styles to choose from, so you should still be able to achieve the look you desire without paint.
One thing to consider, however, is that stains fade over time. So, if you decide to use a stain rather than paint, you will have to re-stain your deck every few years no matter the quality of the stain that you use.
If you have any further questions about the differences between staining or painting your deck, feel free to contact us at Noel Painting. We will do our best to answer any questions or concerns you may have.