A wood deck is a big investment. It provides a place for outdoor relaxation, creates a centralized location for parties or barbeques, and adds value to the home. So why not add life to your investment? To preserve and add life to a wood deck, you must continue to maintain and protect it. This means adding a fresh coat of paint or stain about every four to five years.
For painting the deck, here are the key steps.
Now you’re ready to apply primer. Use a roller where you can and brush in the hard-to-reach areas. For the best results, apply two coats of primer before painting. Let the first coat dry for at least 24 hours, then apply the second; you’ll want to also check the weather forecast as well.
It’s time to paint. Make sure to use 100% exterior acrylic paint; latex will not last. Using lighter colors is best, since they don’t absorb as much heat. It’s a good idea to try to use flat paints, as these types of paint are moisture resistance.
Staining is the most popular way to keep your deck looking good for a long time. But it also takes a little more work.
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