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February 23rd, 2020 Refinishing a Deck or Porch

Outdoor features on homes, such as decks and porches, continue to grow in popularity on both new construction and on remodeled homes. Decks and porches offer greater resale value for your home, increase square footage of your property, and add a beautiful space for friends and family to gather. Maintaining or refinishing these features protects the structures themselves and complements the aesthetics of your home and landscaping. If you are thinking about refinishing a deck or porch, we have a few suggestions! 

First, take the time to determine the appearance you would like. Do you prefer the look of a painted finish or a stained finish? Typically, sealers and stains are the easiest to apply, while a paint application takes a bit more time and effort. Paint is great for concealing imperfections, whereas stains and sealers showcase the grain and character of the wood. Either way, be sure to select a product that offers UV protection and can withstand foot traffic. 


 

First, take the time to determine the appearance you would like. Do you prefer the look of a painted finish or a stained finish? Typically, sealers and stains are the easiest to apply, while a paint application takes a bit more time and effort. Paint is great for concealing imperfections, whereas stains and sealers showcase the grain and character of the wood. Either way, be sure to select a product that offers UV protection and can withstand foot traffic. 

Second, ask yourself if this is a task that you want to do yourself or would you like to hire a local painting professional? If you are feeling excited and have the time to refinish your deck, then head to your local paint store to gather supplies and equipment. The process for refinishing the deck will vary depending on the finish you select, the current condition of the deck, and the level of protection you seek for the finish. No matter what you choose, it is always best to complete a sample in a discreet area of your project to ensure you’ll be pleased with the final appearance. Stains and sealers in particular will look different on different types of wood. 

If you are curious about next steps or would like a quote for your project, please reach out to your local painting company. If you are in the New Orleans area, we would love to hear from you! 

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