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Deck Staining Specialists

We Specialize in Staining and Painting Decks

Decks are made up of rails, steps, deck floors, lattice skirt boards, posts, pergolas, trellises, benches and have many different shapes and sizes. They are a highly visible and essential area of your home and business. As the outdoor living space of your home and business, it is important to have them look good.

Successful staining or painting of decks is based on the selection of the right products for the surface, proper preparation, proper application and regular maintenance.

Our deck staining and painting services start with:

Selecting the Right Product for Your Deck

Stains are available in solids and semi- transparent forms. Solid stain resembles paint and is opaque while semi-transparent allows the wood grain to show through. In most cases, personal choice and desired outcomes will determine the type of stain to use.

Solid Stain vs Semi-transparent

Solid Stains    Semi-transparent Stain
Opaque (shows texture not grain) Shows wood grain
Can be applied over semi-transparent. Cannot be applied over solid stain
Alkyd, acrylic or emulsion base Alkyd or emulsion base
Alkyds for new wood or recoat Alkyd for new wood or recoat
Self-Priming Self-Priming
Life span 2-5 years before recoat Life span 1-2 year before recoat
Easy application similar to paint Requires more expertise in application


There are paints available to coat deck surfaces such as polyurethane, floor emulsions, acrylics and alkyds but these are the least preferred products. The issue with these products is that when they fail, they peel and require extensive scraping. For the most part they are only used if the existing coating is paint.

Preparing the Surfaces for Staining or Painting

Proper preparation enhances the look of your deck and consists of:

  • Washing (power washing and hand washing)
  • Scraping
  • Priming (all stains are self priming)
  • Sanding
  • Caulking

Application of Stain

Solid stains can be applied by brushing, rolling or spraying. Semi-transparent needs to be brushed although there are accepted methods combining rolling with a brush finish that are commonly used.

Maintenance of Your Stained Deck

Decks are high maintenance items and in order to keep them looking good you will need to recoat more often than other exterior surfaces. Like the rest of your home they are totally exposed to weather. However, unlike the rest of your home, rain and snow collect and pool on them, they are walked on, shovelled, have heavy items sit and dragged across them, they have plants grown on them and a whole lot more damaging activity. In order to keep them looking good, they require maintenance.

Our Suggested Maintenance Program

  • Every 1-2 years – clean and recoat deck floors, steps and the tops of your rails
  • Every 3-5 years – clean and recoat rails, posts, skirts and other areas of the deck

Our managers can arrange for you to be placed on a pre-arranged maintenance schedule or you can email us and we will follow up with maintenance schedule details for your project.

One of our Project Managers will gladly help with your deck project.

Mike Benteau serving Halifax South, Downtown, Central Halifax, North Halifax, Dartmouth, Burnside, Cole Harbour, Forest Hills, Porters Lake and Fall River


Shawn Donaldson serving Bedford, Bedford West, Rockingham, Clayton Park, Fairview, Fairmont, Armdale, Herring cove, Sambro, Lower Sackville, Middle Sackville, Timberlea, Beechville, Lakeside


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