When painting your house, the outside is just as important as the interior. If you have a patio, porch, or deck, it would be a great idea to provide regular deck staining.
While some people might balk at the extra cost, going the extra mile will come in handy down the line. Deck staining helps extenuate your house’s features and offers some practical benefits.
We would like to share the main reasons people get regular deck staining for their homes.
Regular Deck Staining Provides A Better Appearance
When investing in repainting and redecorating your house, you have to consider its appearance as a whole. It’s a real shame if you spend all that time and effort to make your home’s interior look beautiful while leaving the outside plain. You might as well go all the way and touch up your deck as well.
A professional staining job will make a huge difference in how beautiful your deck looks. Not only does it bring back the life of your deck, but quality staining also brings out the grain in the wood. All your family, friends and visitors will instantly notice a freshly stained deck and can make your patio appear more natural and eye-catching.
The right stain can even complement the look of your home. Choosing the right color stain means considering how it looks for your house. If you can correctly match the color or find one to compliment your home, it can make your home pop. Thankfully deck staining is available in hundreds of colors, so you have plenty of options to pick from to choose for the best look.
Protection From the Elements
Aside from aesthetic reasons, there are also practical reasons to get deck staining. Wood is an excellent material for your home, but it is also vulnerable to wear and tear. Something can ruin even the best wooden patios, even when living in Santa Barbara. While deck staining cannot entirely prevent it, it can reduce the worst effects.
One of the biggest problems with wood is moisture absorption. In the winter or when it rains, the wood on your porch absorbs moisture from the air. These moisture particles seep into the materials where it remains. During winter, that moisture expands, causing the deck to crack and weaken. Deck staining adds an extra layer over it so that the elements cannot quickly get inside and cause any damage. This protection is why experts encourage regular deck staining to prevent the paint from wearing down.
Another issue that comes with moisture is that it attracts mold. Mold and other parasites can do a number on wood. If you leave your wood unprotected, they can seep into the material and slowly devour it from the inside, destroying the structural integrity of your deck.
Even without much rain in Santa Barbara, most home owners are still watering their yard and in the mornings there is sometimes condensation on your deck as well.
Lastly, staining is built to withstand the elements like UV rays without fading or weakening, something that regular paint has a much hard time doing. If you leave your wood unprotected, it can eventually get discolored or deformed over time. Years down the line, you can expect your deck to still look like new with staining.
Staining A Deck Is Better Than Painting It
Compared to regular painting, deck staining is much faster and more efficient. For one, paint requires a primer coating first, which adds time and cost. Staining, on the other hand, can go directly on the wood and still offer incredible results. Not using primer can save you plenty of time and cut the waiting time by almost half. At the same time, you can save a lot of money since you will not have to worry about buying primer.
Aside from just giving better results, staining effects are much better for a deck. A professionally stained deck can last several years before needing to be stained again. Unlike regular paint, it is not as affected by outside factors like walking on it, or getting dirty or chipping.
Finding Issues On Your Deck
One thing you should remember about deck staining is that it needs to be done by a professional. While that does mean needing to pay a little extra, you will save yourself a lot of trouble. For one, a professional painter can identify damages or issues on your deck before they do anything.
When it comes to staining your deck, Mesa Painting will ensure that everything is in good condition before proceeding. Our team will check for damages and let you know what is needed ahead of time to prevent problems from getting worse. Knowing this allows you to schedule other necessary repairs and deck staining and save you from potential problems down the line.
Mesa Painting Santa Barbara Painting Contractors
If it’s time to upgrade your outdoor living space, starting by refinishing your deck is great idea. Our professional painters at Mesa Painting will take care of deck finishing project. You can give us a call for a free estimate. It’s less expensive than you think and saves you a lot of time.