A beautiful deck is a good asset for any home since it not only extends its living space, but it may also increase its overall value. However, if you want your deck to last for as long as possible, you’ll need to take care of the wood. When unprotected, decking material can easily be damaged. Thankfully, you can either paint or stain your deck for protection. What should you choose?
If you want your deck protection to last a long time and give it a unique look at the same time, then painting your deck is the way to go. There are many advantages to painting a deck. For instance, it’s fairly easy to maintain as you won’t need to refinish it any time soon so long as it was done by a trusted professional. On average, paint on your deck can last 10 years before needing to be repainted. You’ll also have a wide range of color options to choose from, and, no matter which color you apply in the end, it can hide your deck’s flaws pretty well.
However, despite its advantages, painting a deck does have issues as well like trapping moisture in the wood, causing the paint to eventually chip and peel. Another con of painting a deck is that while it can hide a deck’s flaws, it can conceal the wood’s beauty as well, potentially reducing your home’s value.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to protect your deck from the elements while maintaining its original beauty, then consider having it stained. By staining your deck, you can decide how much of the wood’s color, grain and texture are visible. Apart from that, not only does it highlight your deck’s beauty, but using quality stains can also penetrate the wood grain, protecting it from moisture penetration and the subsequent rot.
Unfortunately, if you choose to stain your deck, you can expect to do it again after a while as staining doesn’t tend to last for more than a few years compared to painting. You also can’t rely on staining as a repair method due to the thinness of each coat, and it also won’t be able to hide the flaws of the wood.
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