The weather has been great.
The patio furniture is out.
The BBQ grill is ready to go
BUT your deck is anything but great or ready.
One of the first questions that needs to be answered is what condition is the deck in now? Are there rotted boards? Chips? Are decking nails coming up? What is on the surface now...stain or paint?
Most professionals seem to recommend staining over painting. The way stain is absorbed by the wood seems to be the reason why. Paint tends to sit on the surface. Since decks are mostly horizontal they are effected by the heat from sunrays as well as rain water sitting on the surface. Wood contracts and expands with weather changes and since stain is absorbed into the wood it isn't effected like paint. Paint tends not to expand or contract with the wood causing chips or cracks.
Of course if the surface has been painted already one might consider staying with paint. Either way the surface needs to be prepped before applying stain or paint. That means repairing boards or replacing them. Sanding is recommended to remove chips or cracks. Power washing is vital to remove stains or mildew. Don't forget to protect any surrounding surfaces including plants before starting.
Always use quality paint or stain. There are several products on the market and all offer several color and stain options. This is not a weekend project for DIY. If not done correctly, the finished product will not last and probably need to be redone next season resulting in additional cost and time. Our recommendation is to call on a professional.
JT Painting offers free estimates and will answer your questions and offer suggestions.
Remember....If it's worth painting.....or staining...
it's worth calling a professional.
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