Decks come in all shapes and sizes and can have many different components (rails, lattice, pergolas, etc.). This outdoor living space is one of the most visible components of your home and/or business and for that reason, it is recommended that regular maintenance is performed.
Stains come in two types: solid and semi-transparent. Solid stain resembles paint and is opaque and semi-transparent shows wood grain. In most cases, it is a matter of personal choice and desired outcomes as to which product suits the job.
There are paints available to coat deck surfaces such as polyurethane, floor emulsions, acrylics and alkyds. For the most part, they are only used if the previously existing coating is paint. However, these are the least favored products because the issue is that when they fail, they peel and require extensive, time-consuming scraping.
Selecting the appropriate preparation process is key to a professional grade paint job. Your painting contractor may use some (or all) of these tactics when preparing your deck for refinishing:
Solid stains may be applied in a variety of fashions including: rolling, brushing, or spraying. Commonly, semi-transparent stains will require brushing, but there are some recognised approaches wherein rolling is used in conjunction with brushing.
Decks require a lot more upkeep than other exterior surfaces because in addition to being constantly exposed to the weather, they often undergo much more wear and tear than other exterior surfaces (i.e., snow remaining on them for long periods of time, walking, shoveling, moving large and heavy items across the surface, etc.). Due to this increase of use and traffic, decks need regular maintenance to maintain an even finish.
At UFCP, we would suggest:
Should you care to schedule a prearranged maintenance schedule for your deck, please inform your UFCP representative at the time or your estimate or, alternatively, contact us via email.