If you are building a deck now, or have a deck already installed, and would like to have it painted or stained, we could do that for you. We recommend painting or staining in warmer months so that the paint or stain has enough time to set and dry properly. If we are staining, there are several options we can choose from; making your deck look like it is constructed out of whatever wood you like. If we are painting your deck, we can paint it any color under the sun; the only limit is your imagination.
The first step in prepping a deck for, either, painting or staining is to strip it. If you have a deck already that has had stain or paint on it before, we really shouldn’t paint directly over that surface. We first need to strip this older layer off because, if we don’t, the older layer can actually cause the newer layer to peel and ruin it completely. Because of this, we will strip off the old layer with a gentle sander, leaving most of the wood of your deck intact, so that we can stain or paint on top of it.
Staining is a process that does exactly as it sounds: we use a liquid compound to, literally, stain the wood that your deck is made out of. Once stripped, we have a nice porous surface to pour stain on to. We then use special brushes to apply an even coat of stain on the surface of your deck. This stain is then left to sit, where it seeps into the surface of the wood, changing its color, without putting color over the natural grain and look of the wood. Staining is the option if you want the natural imperfections of wood to show, while still showing and keeping the overall tone of your decking.
Painting is the other option we have to change the color/tone of your deck. With paint, we will still strip the surface of the deck first, and then, like staining, we will apply an even coat of paint to the porous surface of the wood. The difference with paint is that, because paint is a more thick substance, it goes directly on to the surface of the wood, covering over any natural wood features. If we choose to paint your deck, we can make it any color you would like, with the only drawback being that no imperfections of the wood will show through.
After we strip, stain and/or paint, the last thing we can do is to put down a protective layer. Because our decks get pummeled by all manner of weather, we need to do what we can to make sure that our paint and stain stays on. The best way to do this is to put down a protective coat that will seal your paint or stain. This coat dries clear, so as to not change the color of your deck, but does give a nice layer to maintain the deck’s color, even in harsh conditions.