Now that the weather is getting warmer and we are in Phase 1 of reopening, it might be a good time to have a small outdoor party. When inviting a few people over to your backyard, you will be able to properly social distance and still enjoy some quality time with your friends. Before having a few people over, take a close look at your deck. Is the paint or stain weathered, flaking or peeling? Does your deck need some repairs? Now is the perfect time to get your deck ready for some outdoor entertaining.

What You Need To Know About Painting Or Staining Your Deck

Right now it is not too hot yet to get started on your deck painting project. Before painting your deck, make sure it is clean. Now might also be a good time to do some repairs if they are necessary. When you apply a new coat of stain to your deck, it does not only give it a fresh new look adding to your home’s curb appeal, it also helps with protecting your deck. Before getting started with your project, “try on” the deck stain or color on a piece of wood from your deck. This is the best way to see the true color accurately. Did you know that Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat stains are specifically designed to protect wood even in extreme weather conditions? Learn how to correctly apply it by watching the YouTube video:


When it comes to picking the right stain for your deck, understanding opacity is very important, according to the experts at Benjamin Moore. Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood:

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.


The color of your deck can really help tying it in with the design of your home. Consider making your deck the same color as your home’s trim. For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color. Benjamin Moore offers a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

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Helm Paint & Decorating, locally owned and operated, has been in business since 1970 and is an independent dealer of Benjamin Moore Paints and Finishes. Our trained specialists are available to assist you in selecting paint and supplies for your business. We also offer FREE 2 hour Pro Delivery Service. Find out more HERE.

We have 6 locations across the Metro New Orleans area, for your convenience, to serve you.

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