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Harrison Painter: Article About Staining Vs Painting A Deck

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Whether a homeowner has a small deck near the front door or a larger deck that wraps around the house, a deck space serves as the perfect place for relaxing with family and entertaining friends. Wood decks are durable and can last for decades when cared for properly, but far too many people skip regular maintenance such as cleaning and painting or staining the deck. Homeowners might assume that all decks develop green patches and that most feature some warping of the wood. Those issues actually occur because the deck doesn't have a stain or paint applied to the surface. Working with a Harrison painter is one of the best ways for homeowners to decide between paint and stain when caring for their decks.

One of the first things homeowners need to consider is how each substance works. When staining a deck, the painter will apply a small amount of the stain to a small section of the wood, wait a few minutes and wipe away any stain the wood does not absorb. This time-consuming process can take hours or even days to finish.

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As the wood has a tendency to absorb the stain in different amounts, some parts of the deck may appear darker or lighter than others, but this rustic look could be desirable.

Stain comes in a number of colors, but many of those shades resemble the natural colors of wood. Those who prefer something brighter or more eye-catching might opt for paint, which comes in hundreds of colors that range from natural to neon. Painting a deck also has the benefit of taking less time than staining a deck. Painting contractors can use paint sprayers to apply the paint evenly across all areas of the wood.

While painting and staining have different advantages and disadvantages, both methods also share some similarities. Painters will first need to thoroughly clean the deck to remove any algae or mildew. They may also need to use strippers to remove the old paint or stain. Any amount of old color left behind can come through the final coat and change the look of the deck. The last step in both methods is the application of a clear coat. This coat dries to a clear finish that won't interfere with the color of paint or stain the homeowners selected. A clear coat blocks moisture from reaching the wood and can reduce the risk of future problems with mold or mildew.

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