Pros and Cons of Painting Wood

Painting Services | July 18, 2019

Getting to know the pros and cons of painting wood can help you determine if painting is the best decision for your specific wants and needs. At Dunbar Painting, we want to help you update the wood finishes around your home. That is why we offer a wide range of painting services.

The Pros of Painting Wood

Some of the main benefits of painting wood include:

Easy Maintenance

While stains have to be reapplied every few years to protect wood from the elements, high-quality paint jobs that do not peel or chalk can provide a good protective barrier for wood. A quality paint job from a reputable professional will also last for a long period of time without the need for repainting.

Wider Range of Colour Options

One of the main benefits of painting wood is the wide range of colour and sheen options to choose from. A professional painter will be able to easily match the paint colour for the wooden surfaces to other colours around your home, creating a more unified space, and will also have the ability to produce a very intricate and beautiful finish for your wood surfaces.

Easy Application

Compared to some kinds of stains, paint can be much easier to apply to wooden surfaces. Paint also allows for the surfaces to be easily recoated over time without the need for stripping the area back down to the wood.

Hides Flaws

If the wood surface you are thinking about refinishing is old and weathered, painting the wood surface can help mask some of the wood’s flaws, returning it to like-new condition. Painting also offers less variables than staining natural wood, making it easier for you to envision what the finished product will look like ahead of time.

The Cons of Painting Wood

Some of the cons of painting wood are:

Paint Traps Moisture

Since moisture gets trapped in the wood and surrounding area, causing the wood to naturally expand and contract, paint failure is only a matter of time. This is especially true for painting decks, as moisture can soak into the wood from underneath.

Paint Tends to be Permanent

Once a wood surface has been painted, it can be incredibly difficult, time consuming, and expensive to remove the paint and restore the wood’s natural beauty. Painting a wooden surface with a darker colour can also result in the paint fading faster, which means that you will need to recoat the surface more often.

Recurring Potential Problems

If painted wood around your home has had past problems, such as extreme peeling or bubbling, painting the wooden surfaces in the same area will often result in potential problems arising in the future.

If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of painting wood, or if you are interested in one of our painting services, please contact Dunbar Painting at 604-788-3382 or by filling out a contact form on our website.