April 14 2021 0Comment
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Best Decking Treatment – Oil, Stain or Paint?

The Various Deck Treatment Options

Is your deck in need of reviving? Perhaps you are thinking about, or in the process of building a new deck? You will need to consider all of your options when the time comes to treat your decking. At Spenwell General Builders, as leading landscapers, we are often asked;  what is the best decking treatment – oil, stain or paint? We have also picked that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the topic as sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. However, it is important to note that there are distinct differences between the three. 

Firstly, we will take a look at decking oil. Decking oils are available in a wide variety of both clear (natural) and coloured formations. Decking oils are designed to penetrate the surface grain of the timber and offer protection from within. Due to the high concentrations of oil and wax, decking oils are highly resistant to water and dirt ingress. Simultaneously, they provide highly durable and easily maintained finishes which are also visually appealing.

Maybe Decking Oil is Your Perfect Fit

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Additional benefits of using decking oils include being rainproof. Furthermore, many decking oils contain UV filters to slow down the effects of UV damage on the timber. As mentioned, decking oils work from within afn thus help to replenish the natural oils of the timber. Due to their nature, they offer protection against cracking, splitting and warping of the decking board. It is also worth noting that decking oils tend to be less slippery than stains as they don’t cover the timber in the same manner.

As a brief overview, decking stains can be described as varnish like products that coat the surface of the deck in a protective layer. Generally available in a wide range of beautiful wood shades, decking stains are effective in sealing the timber from the elements. Keep in mind that coloured decking oils are sometimes confusingly labelled as a “decking stain”.

Is Decking Stain The Right Option For You?

Decking stains also contain colour pigments that can help to reduce the amount of UV exposure the wood receives. This means that your deck is protected for longer against the harmful rays of the sun. Many decking stains are quick drying, allowing the process of staining to be completed in a relatively short amount of time. Additionally, they are also showerproof , making it harder for mould or algae to grow on the surface of our deck.

Deck paint, on the other hand, as the name states is paint that is used to colour the deck. In order to establish which option your deck needs, you will need to ask the right questions first. These include questions such as; do I need to treat or simply colour the deck? Does the deck need protection from the elements, if so, do I already have a coating over it? These questions will help you to determine the question, which is the best decking treatment – oil, stain or paint?

Spenwell General Builders Has The Decking Treatment Solution For You

Decking oils, paint and stains are not suitably used in conjunction with one another and you will need to ensure you know what you have on an existing deck. This can be hard to establish when you don’t know what you are looking for. There is also composite decking to consider as an option. That’s where Spenwell General Builders can assist you. We have been the trust general builders in Essex for over 35 years and our expert knowledge can bring your old deck right back to life! Furthermore, if you are looking at building new decking for your home or office, we are the general builders for the job.

We also specialise in all aspects of home refurbishment or remodeling. Our building services include roofing and guttering, loft extensions and expansions, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as landscaping and outdoors, to name a few. Get in touch with us today for an obligation-free quotation on your landscaping project!

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