Deck staining is an effective way to increase your deck’s longevity and enhance its overall appearance, but there are a lot of options to weigh when you’re deciding how often it’s needed and what type of stain to use. To guarantee the best in quality and safety for you and your home, always choose insured, licensed contractors who have the expertise to handle the job. The team at Richard Shannon’s Painting, Flooring and Remodeling is fully insured and BBB-accredited, with over 30 years of experience providing homeowners with excellent service and fair prices throughout Clermont and Hamilton counties in Ohio.
When deciding if it’s time for deck staining, the contractors suggest considering these three factors:
Stain Type: Oil-based stains provide a natural look and tend to last longer on horizontal surfaces. Semi-transparent and transparent stains have a richer, fuller effect that highlights your deck’s natural color and wood quality by sinking deeper into the wood. For an aesthetic resembling the look and texture of paint, use a solid color stain; however, this treatment can begin to show significant signs of wear, like cracking and peeling, within one to two years.
Power Washing: Thoroughly cleaning the surface of your deck before staining will add to its longevity and overall effect. Power washing can be used to clean the surface and remove any chemicals or sealants that might otherwise linger. Excess water pressure, however, can discolor parts of the deck. To guarantee the best quality, work with cleaning professionals who have experience handling the equipment.
Stain Length: The lifetime of oil- and water-based stains is determined primarily by weather conditions and its level of exposure to the sun—meaning a deck in direct sunlight will gradually degrade faster. Horizontal also surfaces tend to degrade more quickly than vertical surfaces, and the contractors recommend re-staining about every two years.
When done regularly, deck staining is a long-term way to enhance your home’s look and appeal. For best-quality services, let the team of commercial painters and washers at Richard Shannon’s Painting, Flooring and Remodeling in Milford, Ohio, provide the service you need. For a free estimate, call (513) 575-5247. To learn more about their deck staining, power washing, and interior painting services, visit them online or subscribe on Facebook for regular updates.