Sealing, staining, or painting which is best for decks? Sorry, this is not a trivia show. FYI, though the answer is that there is no real answer to that question. So, if you come across a service that is heavily trying to push one way or the other especially between sealing and staining there is probably some hidden motif there that you have not discovered yet. Again, we know that we have said multiple times we are not into average paint for decks. The main reason though is because that is exactly what staining does in decks. Now, as far as sealing your deck it really brings many different benefits to the table!
Keeping Your Original Look
Ok, let’s get real honest here for a second. If you really liked the wood that you picked out when you built the deck. In fact, you even spent a couple of extra bucks getting that specific wood to adorn your deck, then why in the world would you paint over it? This has nothing to do with staining or painting. You like the way the wood looks, then just seal it and keep sealing it when the effect wears off. It is really that simple. Sealing your deck allows the wood to keep its original look!
Avoid Cheap Imitations
A lot of times clients of ours have first come across some other “professionals” that were not very familiar with the deck builder oath that we all take. That says we should not cheat clients! So, what they do is apply a very cheap coating that you can find at pretty much any store. It does the job for a couple of weeks because it kind of makes the wood stand out more. When the rain or snow come though your wood is virtually naked out there. We have seen the results, they're not good. Go with a company with a proven track record!
How Often Should I Get Sealed?
We want to put a number on it we really do! It could be once every six months or once every year, but there are just so many things that are going to make that number vary. As we said with staining it is a look and feel type of deal. If you see the seal effect kind of starting to wear off to the point that your deck is absorbing all of the water that is coming its way. Then it is definitely time!
Seal vs Stain
We know that we said that no company should push you one way or the other. No worries that is not what we are trying to get done here. Actually, it is quite the opposite we just want people to know the difference. A seal is going to allow your wood to keep its original look stain is going to give it a new paint job. The reason that we would take both over conventional paint is that they provide wood with elements to repel moisture and other benefits that you don’t get with regular paint!