Your deck is a place to relax and entertain your family and friends. However, if your deck is peeling or faded, it can be an eyesore that keeps you from utilizing this great entertaining space. You should feel proud to show off the beautiful finishes of your deck and home. Make a commitment to improve your home and protect your investments, contact LM Painting at 630-862-8003 for a free estimate on deck staining or painting. We perform the highest quality of deck staining and deck painting in the Chicagoland.
A common question facing many homeowners is whether they should paint or stain their deck when it’s in need of attention and unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a simple answer. Neither option will last forever, but a professional painting service such as LM Painting will bring you the best results and can guide you in the right direction.
If you decide to paint your exterior deck, it’s wise to hire a professional if you want optimal results that will last for years. An experienced professional will listen to your vision, provide you with feasible options and give you a quote.
If you decide to move forward with painting your deck, a professional will:
Properly prep the deck for painting. The professional should spray the surface with a mold deterrent and then cleaned, rinsed and dried. Rotten boards should be replaced, nails and screws should be set below the surface and holes filled with an exterior grade wood filler, which will repel moisture. If necessary, LM Painting will strip the wood of existing finishes.
Preserve the wood. After cleaning, LM Painting will apply a paintable, water-repellent preservative, before moving on to priming.
Prime all surfaces. A good primer will improve adhesion, increase protection from moisture, and add up to two years of extra life to your paint job.
Explain your paint options. You can use oil or latex paint for exterior decks. Oil-based paints typically last longer and provide better protection against moisture, but they’re very shiny and don’t withstand high heat over time. Latex paints aren’t as tough, but they hold up better in regions with high temperatures. They also come in a variety of sheens, so you don’t have to use a glossy finish.
Paint all surfaces. LM Painting services will address every surface, including those not directly exposed to the sunlight and other outdoor elements, such as the end grain. It’s important to use at least two coats of a high-quality exterior paint.
If painting doesn’t fit the new vision for home’s deck space, consider staining.
Staining Your Deck
Staining your deck protects it from the outdoor elements while maintaining — often enhancing — its original, natural beauty. If your deck is made from a gorgeous wood, you can highlight its unique characteristics and beautiful grain. You’ll likely decide on a semi-transparent stain or a clear sealer for your deck, but stains also offer quite a few choices:
Solid stains. Solid stains create a darker, uniform look and cover most of the wood’s natural elements like paint.
Semi Transparent stains. Offering a touch of color but allowing the wood’s unique characteristics and patterns to shine through, semi-transparent stains provide waterproofing and UV protection.
Clear wood preserves. This type of stain is best for gorgeous wood decks, such as rich cedar and redwood, where you want to preserve the natural color of the wood and showcase its beauty. Some clear wood preserves contain UV protection, to keep the wood from graying over time. Most also contain fungicide, to protect the wood from mold and mildew. They also contain less wax than a clear water repellent or sealer.
Text or call us at 630-862-8003 to schedule your free deck staining or deck painting estimate. Or simply fill out our contact form and we will contact you back confirming your date for your free estimate.