Painting Versus Staining Your Deck

Painting versus Staining Your Deck

If you are looking to give your deck a new and improved look but not sure if you want to paint or stain your deck, then you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of both staining and painting a deck and the differences between both. Depending on the area, you may be OK to leave your wooden deck without either stain or paint, but most likely, you will need to add some sort of protection to keep your deck in pristine condition for years to come.  

Both staining and painting have their advantages and disadvantages.

Painting your deck:

If you are looking for a dramatic change or to hide the imperfections on your deck, then painting your deck may be the best option. Painting your deck gives you the options to cover your wood with the color of your choice. Since it is paint, your color options are endless! Plus, paint has the ability to hide gaps, holes or cracks in your deck. This is due to the paint having a thicker finish than stain. Another great benefit of painting your deck is that it is easier to clean (depending upon the color of course). Light painted decks will likely be harder to clean since it will be more likely to show stains, dirt, and grim. Darker color paint is easier to clean as it will hide environmental particles. One of the biggest disadvantages of painting a deck is knowing that it is merely impossible to go back to stain. If you decided to paint your deck, ensure that you will want to paint your deck over the course of the decks lifetime! Another major disadvantage of painting your deck is that it may peel, chip and blister later down the road, therefore, causing you to have to scrape the old paint chips off when you go to repaint.


  • A large variety of colors to choose from
  • Ability to cover the deck from imperfections
  • Many different application methods
  • Easier to clean (depending on the color)
  • Paint resists environmental damage better


  • Can get slippery in rain or snow
  • Paint is forever- Harder to go back to staining
  • Hides the natural beauty
  • Crack and blister due to prolong sunlight

Staining a deck:

The best part of staining is that it preserves the beauty of the wood, allowing you to give your deck a natural look with optimal protection. There are several different kinds of stain, for a full list of stain options, please click here. Since most stains tend to highlight the woods grain and natural features makes it easier to apply. If you miss a few spots while staining the deck it is likely to be less obvious then if you are applying a much thicker coat of paint. Another great factor about stain, is that it wears away gradually, making it must easier to reapply down the road. If you later decide to paint your deck after staining, no problem, you have the ability to do so. With paint, it becomes more of a permanent option as paint is more difficult to fully remove as it requires more work.


  • Keeps the natural beauty
  • Easier to apply – Miss a few spots without it being obvious
  • Wears away naturally, making reapplying stain easy
  • Can later paint over stain


  • Stain has a shorter lifespan than paint

We hope this article helped you in making the right decision when it comes to your project! If you are looking for a professional painter and are in the Greater Saint Louis area, please feel free to reach out to us at (618) 560-7030, we would love to help make your idea into a dream!


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