What to Consider When Repainting a Deck

Exterior Painting | June 23, 2022

As the weather starts to warm up and you spend more time outdoors, you may have noticed that your deck is starting to look worse for wear. If your paint is starting to flake or your stain has started to fade, it may be time to hire a professional to rejuvenate your deck. While painting a deck may appear to be similar to any other exterior painting project, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure that the job is done right. As a leading provider of staining and exterior painting services, the team at Dunbar Painting knows that painting a deck is more complex than it appears. That is why we have compiled some information outlining what to consider when repainting a deck to ensure lasting, high-quality results.

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3 Key Considerations When Repainting a Deck

To ensure optimal results when repainting or staining a deck, it is crucial to consider the following:

1. Weather Conditions

Before painting or staining a deck, it must be completely dry. If it is extremely humid or it has rained within the past few days, you will not be able to apply stain or paint. To ensure the best possible results, it is typically best to wait until early to mid-summer, as this time of year is consistently dry and will allow for enough time to perform sanding, stripping, and the application of paint or stain.

2. Accessibility and Usage

If you want to rejuvenate the appearance of your deck, you will need to be okay with not using it for a few days as paint will need time to dry and cure while stain will need time to fully absorb into the wood. This means that you cannot entertain guests or allow pets on your deck for at least 48 hours. To minimize the risk of family members accidentally stepping onto your deck, consider temporarily blocking access to it with signs or tape.

3. The Product(s) Used

When it comes time to rejuvenate the appearance of your deck, you will need to choose between paint and stain. Paint offers more short-term protection than stain but has a higher chance of failing and flaking due to foot traffic, furniture, and salt in winter. Paint can last anywhere from 6 months to 4 years depending on how it is applied, how often your deck is used, and your typical weather conditions. Stain requires slightly more rejuvenation than paint, but it fades instead of flaking, preserving the appeal of your deck for longer. To keep your deck looking its best, it is recommended to apply a maintenance coat of stain every 2 years.

To learn more about deck painting and staining or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our painting and staining services.