3 Secrets to Getting the Most out of Your Deck Painting Project

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Whichever the season, nothing beats some quality time with loved ones spent on your home's deck. However, over time, elements such as moisture can diminish your deck's aesthetics.

A deck paint job can help restore your deck space to a more functional, elegant space you can be proud to host your loved ones on. However, to get the most out of your deck painting project, ensure you are using quality deck coating products. At Liquid Rubber, our environmentally friendly deck coating products last ten times longer than conventional products. As an industry leader in product quality, we are committed to ensuring our clients get the best results while using our products.

Read on as we share more secrets on maximizing your deck painting work to achieve the best outcomes.

Use Waterproof Deck Coating on Your Deck

One of the best ways to get the most value out of painting the deck is using waterproof deck coating. Waterproof coating such as the Liquid Rubber Polyurethane Deck Coating offers several benefits.

Eliminates Moisture Issues

Prolonged exposure to moisture eventually degrades even the most durable surfaces. Exposure to rain, fog, and morning dew will ultimately take a toll on your deck. Applying waterproof deck coatings gives you peace of mind with the assurance that your property is well protected.

Enhanced Safety

Waterproofing your deck is a sure way to reduce the number of slips and falls that could happen with slippery surfaces. The waterproof coating eliminates moisture and any mold growth, offering slip resistance. Notably, poorly maintained deck surfaces become pretty slippery when wet, raising the safety risks.

Protects Against Dry Rot

Dry rot is not only an eyesore, but it also poses dangers to your deck and family. Rotten wood is unstable and may not support a lot of weight. If your deck has undergone extensive rotting, it will eventually collapse, leading to massive damages and potential injuries. Apply the right coating on your deck to avoid dry rot and any damages.

Extended Life

Repairing or replacing your deck can cost a fortune. A good practice is to paint your deck at least once or twice to ensure it remains in top-notch condition for an extended period. Keeping up with deck coatings is one way to prevent damage and extend the lifespan of your investment. Applying the right waterproof coating on your deck will also substantially reduce the amount of maintenance required.

Enhances the Curb Appeal

No homeowner wants to buy a property with an awful deck. A well-kept structure that has been waterproofed to protect against potential issues is an instant hit with home buyers. If you intend to sell your property, applying the right coating on the deck can significantly enhance its beauty and boost its value.

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Choose Deck Colors that Complement Your Home's Exterior

An ideal deck color enhances your outdoor space and complements your home exteriors while adding visual interest. The wrong color will ultimately turn your deck into a maintenance nightmare and an eyesore. Here are some tips to achieve the ideal paint or stain for your lifestyle and property.

Use Your Home Exterior as a Guide

The general rule is to try and match the deck colors to your home's exterior. When choosing the right paint or stain colors for your deck, consider the existing shades on the trim, siding, and other critical outdoor elements. Go for an accent color and hues utilized widely in prominent parts of your exteriors.

Take into Consideration the Deck Material

The deck material ultimately determines how flexible you can be with your deck colors. Wood and composite allow for more flexibility than other available options. These materials also offer the simplest coating application. However, some deck materials require specific colors, and it is best to do extensive research on the best colors for a specific material.

Use Color Wheel Rules

To achieve the best color combination, follow the rules of color wheel, which is the simplest tool to help you choose ideal color combinations that work well together. The wheel divides the spectrum into 12 basic hues made up of three primary colors, three secondary colors, and six tertiary colors. Master how to use the tool and how its hundreds of colors combine.

Think About Wear and Tear

Consider wear and tear when choosing your deck color. For example, stairs get a lot of foot traffic and may need a more durable seal, coat, or finish. Such parts also need periodic upkeep and routine reapplications.

Factor in the Surrounding Landscape

The landscape surrounding your property can also determine the color choices to use on the deck. For example, a green landscape complements well with orange or red deck colors. On the other hand, a colorful space goes well with a more neutral deck palette of gray or brown tones.

Test the Deck Colors First

Before settling on any paint, stain, or other finish for your deck, ensure you try the colors first on a small, hidden part of the deck. Take a moment to view it from different angles and at different times of the day. Alternatively, you can also try out the colors using virtual online tools.

Prepare Your Deck Before the Painting

If you want to achieve the best painting outcome, ensure the wood is adequately prepped for the job. The following are the steps to take when preparing your deck for the paintwork:

  • Clean the deck: Thoroughly clean your deck and remove all loose paint flakes, dust, dirt, and other accumulated residue. Ensure you are using a professional cleaning product to get the best results.
  • Sand the board: Sanding ensures the old paint, stains, and other residues are removed from the wooden boards. Make sure to sand out any grooves and imperfections. Also, ensure you are sanding in the direction of the grain and not against it. After sanding, remove any debris, dust, and wood savings and clean the deck once more.
  • Priming the deck: As with any other painting job, it is crucial to prime the deck surfaces before staining or painting. Priming closes off tiny pores on the surfaces for the stain or paint to hold and stick better once applied. Consider using a primer that helps create a moisture vapor barrier. Such barriers offer additional adhesion and improve product performance and durability.

In the nutshell, a well-executed deck painting project will keep the overall appearance of your deck looking new while protecting it from water damage. Deck coating also protects the structural integrity of your investment and provides a safe environment for your loved ones.

Let's Help You Be Proud of Your Deck Again

At Liquid Rubber, we understand that the elements may have deteriorated your deck's appearance, and you may not be spending as much time there. Our quality deck coating products restore your deck to a space you and your loved ones can be proud of. Get in touch with us today for more information about our deck coating solutions.

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