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How to Choose a Deck Stain Color That Complements Your Home Exterior

Last updated 5 years ago

Your deck is an extension of your home, and just like any interior space, it should mesh with its surroundings. Home exteriors typically don’t exhibit much variation, but that doesn’t make choosing a deck stain any easier. Everyone has unique aesthetic preferences, and between wood grain, color, and opacity, there are a lot of factors to consider when staining your deck. Consider these tips to get started:

Natural Wood
Different types of wood have unique characteristics. Pressed pine is usually a greenish tint when unfinished, while redwood (as the name implies) has a decidedly warm hue. Any type of wood you have will require some sort of moisture-sealer, so be sure to keep in mind how this will affect its color. Expensive wood is typically coated with clear stains to bring out its natural grain and rich color, but inexpensive, extensively damaged, or discolored decks will generally benefit from solid stains to preserve a uniform and tidy appearance.

You can customize almost any deck color to complement your home’s exterior, but in general they should be heavily muted to avoid looking gaudy. Gray is an amazingly versatile color that goes well with water and wide open spaces. Blue can provide a decidedly modern look, while beige is always an inoffensive natural color for almost any occasion.

Every deck needs periodic refinishing, and depending on the product, this could be an annual requirement or a one-time job every 3 to 5 years. In general, clearer stains offer less protection, while solid stains last for several years. Deck stain durability varies significantly depending on the quality and type of product and the application, so it’s important to work with a reputable painter that understands your needs perfectly.

Discuss your deck refinishing options with a professional from Browder Painting Company and call (805) 544-0547 to receive a free quote. We’ve served homes and businesses throughout San Luis Obispo County since 1989, and we have an extensive portfolio of finished projects and satisfied customer reviews.


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