If you’ve had a wooden deck for any length of time, you are probably aware that it requires certain levels of care. Unlike decks made from synthetic materials, wooden decks need protection from the elements in the form of paint or wood stain. Finding the right solution to your deck needs can be difficult, both deck and paint have their own pros and cons. The results are also entirely different, and often the choice is left to aesthetics rather than functionality.
Of the two options, paint has the potential for a far more daring and dramatic final look. Should you choose to paint your deck, be aware that you must continue to paint it for the rest of its lifespan. Paint fills imperfections and cracks in your wood, but it is impossible to remove once applied. With temperature and moisture fluctuations the boards of your deck may expand and contract, With a painted deck this can result in chipping and flaking paint that leaves the wood exposed to the weather. Along with an increased likelihood that the wood will be exposed to water causing rot, when wet painted surfaces can become very slippery making them a hazard. However, paint requires less frequent application than stain, so it is often better for those who have less interest in upkeep.
Unlike a painted deck, stain complements the woods natural grain and allows the wood itself to be shown off. Stain still comes in a variety of colors and can even be made transparent. Unlike paint stains and seals can not chip and offer better protection overall, but they must be reapplied on a yearly basis. Stains and seals are often easier to apply and thinner than paint, and they are not slippery when wet. Ultimately, both stain and paint will dramatically increase the lifespan of your deck compared to left untreated, which means the decision revolves between long-term maintenance levels and preferred appearance.
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