Sometimes, knowing when to refinish your deck with paint or stain can be challenging. Scholars Edge Painting offers a few suggestions for things to look out for.

Fading Colour

As a homeowner, you’re in the best position to notice when the stain or paint on your deck has significantly faded, giving your deck an aged and worn look. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and weather conditions can cause the colour to fade.

Peeling or Flaking

Paint or stain is peeling, flaking, or bubbling up from the wood surface. Understanding the common causes of peeling or flaking, such as moisture getting under the finish or poor initial application, can help you be better prepared to address these issues.

Splintering Wood

The wood surface feels rough, and splinters form. Exposure to the elements and wear and tear over time can cause the wood to dry out and splinter.

Water Absorption

Test water absorption by sprinkling water on the deck surface. If the water absorbs into the wood rather than beading up, it’s a sign that the protective finish has worn off. A lack of water repellency indicates that the wood is no longer protected from moisture, which can lead to rot and decay.

Mildew and Mold Growth

Dark spots, mold, or mildew are visible on the deck’s surface. This usually happens in damp and shaded areas, indicating that the finish is no longer effective in protecting the wood.

Grey or Weathered Wood

The wood has turned grey and looks weathered. Over time, sunlight and moisture can cause wood to lose its natural colour and turn grey.


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