How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

How does cold weather affect the stain on your deck? Can cold weather affect a wooden deck? We all know that sunlight can age it but this winter’s freezing temperatures can also damage the health of your deck.

Cold temperatures cause your deck to weather, weaken and warp. San Antonio winters may be mild, but we do typically experience freezing weather and on extra rare occasions, snow. When this happens, the wood underneath ice (or snow) can be damaged. Your splintered, cracking wooden panels on your deck will not thrive in freezing temperatures and need protection.

Benefits of Staining

Deck and Wood Staining have many benefits. It will not only increase the lifespan of your deck, but it will prevent rotting, reduce UV damage and improve the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat. Sealing your deck is key to surviving the cold.

Every year homeowners will spend hundreds of dollars to fix the damage that the freezing temperatures did to their deck. Taking care of your deck by staining it will protect it from the cold weather and make it possible for you to keep using your deck in the Spring.

Deck Staining

Staining your deck will protect it from the low temperatures and weather year-round. To keep your deck protected you should use a water-repellent finish every few years. However, if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, low temperatures can harm the process. Low temperatures will lengthen the drying time, so plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck. Deck staining is needed for your deck to survive the winter temperatures. It is important to stain your deck before the cooler temperatures arrive!

Wooden Staining

As temperatures rise and drop, the wood on your deck will expand and contract. This movement will weaken the wood and can cause your deck to warp. Winter ice and moisture that collects and melts into the wooden panels and makes them weak. The moisture buildup inside of the wood will cause rot, which is very costly to fix. The cooler temperatures cause the wood to crack, and in some cases, fall through. Wooden staining is going to add a protective layer to strengthen the panels. This protective coat makes your deck more durable and strong to fight the cold.

Even if your deck has aged and been damaged by the cold temperatures, Texas Professional Painting can restore and stain it. Our deck rehabilitation services will have yours looking brand new! Contact us today to bring your deck back to life.

Painting the interior of your home is a very common, and sometimes simple, renovation. But it’s not as straightforward as many assume. Most homeowners, when painting inside, don’t know what paint to choose. If you pick the wrong type of paint, there could be a twice-as-expensive do-over in your future.

For various areas of the home, it is recommended to use a certain paint finish. This is usually based on how frequent people could be rubbing against the wall, if it’s just an extra bedroom or if it’s your main living room area.

Here is a guide to choosing the best paint finish for your desired area.

Flat

A flat finish works best in low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms and ceilings. This finish will give off the least amount of shine and durability. Flat paint will be damaged when using any type of cleaner, so it is smart to use this finish when painting areas that will be rarely touched. Flat coats provide the most coverage and require fewer coats when covering any imperfections.

Eggshell

Eggshell works best in foyers, living rooms and on trim. It is very similar to flat paint in the way that it can hide imperfections easily. However, eggshell is more durable. Eggshell gives off a flat finish with a delicate, low sheen.

Satin

A stain finish is the type of finish you most commonly see inside a home. It works best in hallways, children’s rooms and laundry rooms – due to its high durability. Satin finishes give off a velvety sheen, meaning it is much easier to clean than a flat or eggshell paint finish. One downside of using a satin finish is it shows brush strokes easily, meaning it will be tricky to do any touch-ups down the line.

Semi-gloss

Semi-gloss works best in kitchens, bathrooms and any areas that get a lot of wear and tear or moisture. It is extremely durable and cleans easily, and it gives off a shiny and reflective sheen. The downside of this finish is it shows imperfections more than a flat finish would.

High-gloss

High-gloss works best when painting any trim, cabinets or doors. It is the shiniest finish of them all – and is also the most durable. This paint finish is best for areas that will need a good scrubbing from time-to-time. High-gloss can also be used on the exterior of your home when painting your front door or shutters. The downside? If applied incorrectly, any painting imperfections will easily be seen.

Call the Pros!

Don’t think you want to tackle painting a room yourself? Contact Texas Professional Painting today, and schedule us to have your home interior revamped.

Not all stains are bad – especially in the world of painting! Using a stain can make a big difference on a deck or cabinet, for instance. The challenge is in picking the color and type, so we’re here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking the right stain for you.

Color and wood type

The color of stain heavily relies on your specific type of wood. The saturation of the wood is quite different across the spectrum. Some woods already have a naturally dark hue, so picking a lighter stain wouldn’t make much of a difference. Surprisingly, not all wood needs staining. Rare woods are not advised to be stained because of their natural color. For example, mahogany is known for its dark color and high levels of natural oils.

Think about the light

Contrary to the name, staining doesn’t last. The sun can fade or can even darken stains. Your deck will be subject to a lot of light, so you may want to pick a stain that is a few coats lighter than your preferred color. Even the cabinets in your kitchen will catch light piercing through the windows.

All about the stains

Not all stains work the same. They react differently depending on the wood you are using. Varnish stains are a non-pigmented, inexpensive paint that is normally used on the more hidden spots of wood because it can look cheap. Be careful. It takes a long time to dry, so dust may collect on it before fully drying. NGR stains are best for hardwoods, which are often used for decks and fencing. Polar and pine wood is lighter and would best be used with pigmented oil stains. This type of stain doesn’t work well with hard woods. If you are looking for an eco-friendly finish, it would be best to go with a water base. This replaces a normal thinner with water.

Don’t let your stain become a pain. Contact Texas Professional Painting today!

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