Tuesday, March 13, 2012
When it comes to painting a house, you will make many tough decisions. One area that homeowners often struggle with is in deciding how to decorate high traffic areas. The deck of a home is one such area. Typically made of wood, decks are usually either painted or stained. Here are some things to consider while you are trying to decide how to get the most out of your deck.
Old or New?
A great way to decide how to decorate your deck is to assess the age and condition of the deck. Is the deck new or is it old and weathered? If you are dealing with a new deck you may want to consider using a stain if you want to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Weathered wood doesn’t tend to benefit as much from staining. A great way to breathe new life into an old deck is with a fresh coat of paint. Think through your vision for the space and consider what option is best for the surface of your deck.
Either option you go with will require a certain amount of upkeep or maintenance. While staining a deck is a relatively easy process, it is often recommended that you reapply stain every 2-4 years. Paint, on the other hand, doesn’t require as much upkeep if it’s done right. Utilizing the correct primers and paints results in a deck that has a lower chance of chipping or peeling paint, high durability, and a lifespan of many years between new coats of paint. When staining a weathered deck, depending on the type of wood it has, you can restore most of the wood color by first using biodegradable cleaners and brighteners, followed by a stain. With the right chemicals, wood on a weathered deck can be brought back to life and look beautiful.
What Makes You Happy?
When it comes to your home, this is the most important question. Whether you prefer the simplicity of stains for your Bridgeport, CT home, and appreciate a stain's ability to bring out a wood’s natural beauty, or if you enjoy the creativity that using paint affords in your Norwalk, CT home, you need to go with what makes you happy.
Whether it’s interior or exterior painting, we here at George Apap Inc. would love to help you with your next project. We bring many years of expertise and our quality speaks for itself. If you feel we can be of assistance, contact one of our paint contractors for advice or a consultation.