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Should I Stain My Deck?

Should I Stain My Deck?

If you have a wood deck and want to preserve it, you must seal or stain it regularly. This is necessary because wood left exposed to the elements will deteriorate. Unprotected wood will suffer from sunlight, rain, snow, sleet ice and other elements. Wood decks without protective stains and sealers will turn gray, rot, and warp as the wood expands, contracts, and cracks.

You have the option of protecting your deck with a sealer or stain.  Here is what you need to know about preserving your deck surfaces.

Deck Stain Basics

Stain soaks into the wood and fills small gaps that would otherwise get filled with moisture—moisture that would expand and contract the wood. Stain will protect the wood from harmful UV rays.  Stain is color and sealer in one product.  There are varying types of stain, with the difference being the amount of wood grain that can be seen through the stain.  Clear sealers will provide protection from water but the wood will still turn a weathered gray over time.  Transparent stains have a slight tinge of color to protect from UV rays turning the wood gray, while maximizing the amount of wood grain that can be seen.  Semi-transparent stains are the most common in terms of protecting wood but also seeing wood grain.  Semi-solid stains provide almost full coverage  of the wood grain, but do allow for some grain to show through.  Solid color stains cover the wood grain completely, and are often confused with paint as they it looks exactly like a painted surface.

Deck Stain Pros

  • Show off the natural wood: Stains penetrate the wood, and will show off the wood’s natural color, texture and grain pattern.  Stain gives wood a rich finish.
  • Reduces possibility of moisture damage: Staining your deck reduces the possibility of moisture getting trapped in the wood because of the water repellant properties.

Deck Stain Cons

  • Stain doesn’t last as long as paint: Most deck coatings will wear from weather and foot traffic within 2-3 years.  Once you notice rain water no longer beads up on the surface, it is time to apply a new coat.
  • Can’t be used to fill cracks: If the wood has any cracks, the stain is too thin to fill them.  Stain products do exist now that can potentially fill small gaps, but only a few of these products are recommended, as many of them leave an unsightly or rough finish on the deck.

Paint

  • Not recommended:  We do not recommend the use of paint products on deck surfaces as they do not penetrate the wood and are more susceptible to peeling and bubbling from water sitting on top of the surface.  Special situations may arise where paint would be a better product for the deck, but this is rare.

Prim Painting is a professional painting and deck restoration company serving the Columbus, Ohio area. For more information about our deck restoration services, contact us today!

 

 

Signs You Need To Repaint Your House

Signs You Need To Repaint Your House

Now that nice weather is finally in the Columbus, Ohio area, it’s time to evaluate the condition of the exterior paint of your home. Is the paint still in top shape? Here are some signs you need to repaint your home.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Repaint Your House?

  • Peeling paint: If the paint is peeling, it is past the time to repaint. You’ll have to repaint at soon as possible. If you don’t, you risk exposing the structure of your home, like the wood, to damage. Fixing structural damage will be more expensive than painting.
  • Bare wood is exposed: The great thing about exterior home paint is that it’s multifunctional. Paint protects the materials the home is made with, as well as looks great. If bare wood is exposed, you need to paint your home quickly. Remember, structural damage can be a major expense—avoid this problem by painting the exterior of your house.
  • Mold or water stains: When paint starts cracking and peeling, mold can start to grow underneath the paint. This is a major problem and signifies a need to repaint. Stains can be removed with the right mixture of chemicals.
  • Wood rot: Beyond just having wood exposed, if you notice wood rotting, your home needs to be repainted as soon as possible. There are structural dangers to a home having rotted wood.
  • Chalky residue: Take your hand and run it over the paint on your home. Is there a chalk-like residue on your hand? If there is, consider it a warning sign your paint is deteriorating. You might have some time before repainting becomes totally necessary, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Fading paint: Fading paint isn’t inherently bad, but it limits your curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint can make your home stand out again. Every few years, paint fades enough where new paint would be beneficial.  Paint will generally begin to peel within a few years of significant fading.
  • Outdated colors: Did the color you painted your house look great in 1980? Chances are, the paint is outdated by now. You don’t necessarily have to repaint because colors are outdated, but if you ever plan on selling, outdated exterior colors are a turnoff for many potential buyers.

Is your home showing any of these warning signs? Still not sure if you want to take the plunge and repaint your house? Consider some of the consequences of not painting.

What Happens if You Don’t Repaint Your House?

  • Home damage: Exposed wood will rot if not shielded by paint. The structural integrity of your home could be compromised. If the wood rots too much, you could have a huge repair job on your hands. If stucco is cracking and falling apart, be prepared for a large bill: stucco almost always has to be replaced in its entirety.
  • Extended mold and mildew growth: Mold is a living organism. If you don’t kill it, it will grow. Mold growing underneath cracked paint will only expand. You won’t be able to get rid of the mold with a regular garden hose; you’ll have to spray with a power washer and use a chemical mixture.

Painting the exterior of your home is as much preventative maintenance as it is cosmetic. For more information about Prim Painting’s exterior home painting services for the Columbus, Ohio area, please contact us today.

Choosing The Right Exterior Colors For Your Home

Choosing The Right Exterior Colors For Your Home

Painting the exterior of your home can completely change the look and feel of your house—for better or for worse. A great paint job can add thousands of dollars of value, but a poor color choice can diminish property values not only for your home, but for the rest of the neighborhood. Before you jump into painting the exterior of your house, consider the following tips.

 Exterior Home Painting Tips & Tricks

  • Consider your neighbors: Unlike the inside of your home, the outside paint colors impact your neighbors. Don’t pick a color that stands out too much! Doing this will decrease property values for all houses in the area. You should pick a color scheme that blends in with the surrounding homes. Feel free to express yourself with the exact color choice, but try and stay close to the neighborhood palette.
  • Take landscaping into account: This is especially important in the Columbus, Ohio area. We experience all four seasons. You should pick colors that work for all the seasons. If you live in a wooded area, a dark green color might look great during the winter, but during the summer, your house is bound to blend into the surroundings. Neutral colors are usually a safe bet for year-round compatibility.
  • Accent unique features of your house: Are the windows on your home particularly unique? Make sure to highlight them in a different color than the rest of the house. The goal is to draw attention to the cool features that make your house different from the others. You want to avoid highlighting things like gutters.
  • Study other homes: What better way to get ideas for what colors to choose than by driving around and looking at other homes? You might find a color scheme you love, but would’ve never thought of. Or you might discover the paint you were about to use isn’t as great as you thought. Remember, it is especially important to look at other homes in your neighborhood.
  • Be bold for the door: Choose a color that makes your front door stand out without being obnoxious. If you choose a neutral tan for the base paint of the exterior, a dark purple or green can properly accent the doorway and draw attention to it.  The front door is the perfect place experiment with color.  It is a natural focal point, and it is also simple and inexpensive to change.
  • Analyze what can’t be changed: More than likely, things like the roof shingles can’t be changed. Use features like these to pick a color that works for the exterior of your home. If your roof has specks of gray or tan in it, one of those colors could work on your house.
  • Pay attention to the sun: If your home is the recipient of a lot of direct sunlight, be careful of choosing colors that are too light. The sun is notorious for diminishing the effects of light colors.

One of the most important tips we can offer for exterior home painting is to hire a professional! This is a large project that can take several days to accomplish. It has to be done at the right time of year for maximum effects. Trying to accomplish this job on your own is likely to lead to mistakes—mistakes you’ll need to hire a professional to fix.

Prim Painting provides exterior home painting services for the Columbus, Ohio are. Contact us for a quote today!

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