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Hello Brush Rite Painting subscribers!


Our team is in full exterior painting season and as barbecues and parties get planned, many homeowners have reached out to us to get their deck stained.


We hope this article provides some helpful insights on whether you should paint or stain your deck!











Deck Staining and Painting FAQs:

#1: What is the difference in price?

The first contrast homeowners notice between stains and paint is their price points. Stains can be used in a more cost effective manner during application than paint because paint can lay on thicker due to the nature of its components.


#2: What is the difference in finish or appearance?


Another major difference is the finished appearance that each displays after application and dry time. A stain is meant to show the details of the wood grain and create depth through texture. Whereas, paint can camouflage imperfections, and create an even tone throughout the area. Paint also lasts longer through the wood, however, blemishes will appear highlighted as it degrades from weather exposure.



#3: Which option lasts longer?


Stained wood is a great way to ensure longevity without compromising appearance. Chipped wood, or scuffed areas are better hidden in stained decks as it appears to be part of the natural grain pattern. This is because stains are meant to go into the wood, and seep deep into the grain to reflect a beautiful finish rather than paint, which lies on top of the wood itself almost as a sealed layer (Not to be confused with actual sealant).

Many customers don't know the original color of their deck or patio wood, chances are the deck has been stained at some point in time!


Paint can last longer and comes in many different colors, so you can match the exterior of your home, or other design schemes throughout the property. Paint will also hide away any grain textures and apply smoothly on the wood (say goodbye to splinters), while stain will show off texture and hide scratches down the road.


Both options will prolong the life of your deck, patio, etc., but it depends on your preference whether you pick one or the other.


#4: My deck is painted, but I want to stain it. Is that possible?


It isn’t recommended to go from one to the other, although stain-to-paint is completely doable, going from paint to stain is where things get tricky. Our painters do not recommend doing such, as it requires an extensive amount of prep work. The area would need to be power washed, and all of the paint needs to be scraped off before sanding can begin. Even with all of that work you cannot guarantee that the stain will show up evenly since the wood grains have been sealed for so long. Meaning it would be cheaper, and less time consuming to buy new wooden boards and replace the deck, than to go from a painted deck into a stained one. So if you’re on the fence about which one to go with, keep in mind the options available to you.


#5: What options do I have for picking out a color for my deck?


Picking colors for paint is fairly easy, most professional paint vendors will indicate which colors come in their exterior paint formula, and offer a wider selection for those looking to create a cohesive design. Stains usually stay in a familiar color range and go from deeper to lighter hues. When it comes to choosing your stain preference, we recommend you call Brush Rite Painting’s color consultants! Stains can be matched at any paint store as long as a sample is provided, however, a color consultant can do that for you and give options on the colors that match the rest of the home.

If you would like to see some options of the wood we have stained compared to the painted decks, check out our project gallery here.


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At Brush Rite Painting we try to make the painting process one of the easiest services for your home! While our crew will do the heavy lifting and get everything prepped, painted, and finished in no time, all we require from our customers is your choice of color!


Some of our clients have access to interior designers they have known for years, but for those who do not, our company wanted to take our services one step further and offer free color consults to those with a scheduled project!


Our goal of a color consult appointment is to provide:

  • Customized designs that fit your style

  • Better resources and tools







Our color consultants work hard at crafting themes together based on your responses to personalized color questionnaires. We narrow down some choices you are interested in and present you with the options in real time, so you can better visualize the end result.


Your color consultant is your personal connection to someone in the painting industry who is always in touch with color trends and the know-how of other design resources, such as color matching tools. With access to paint vendors, and banks of color intel, our color consultants can match any shade of your choosing, and narrow down the options for you. This experience can set up your home for a beautiful finish!


If you haven't read it yet, check out our blog on “Why you should paint before selling!” where we highlight the addition to property value from applying fresh paint to your home. In addition to helping you create an interior that looks gorgeous, color consultants can give you the correct knowledge of color psychology as well! Buyers will look less closely for flaws in your home as light reflects off of its brand new look. It can also help them better envision themselves living there!



Brush Rite Painting offers our clients with a scheduled project free color consulting, so if interior designers are out of your budget, call Brush Rite Painting! Having your home professionally painted with the help of a color expert, can give you long lasting results. A fresh coat of paint may be the new foundation for making brighter memories with your family, or prepping before selling! Saving time and money is the goal for all of our customers, which is why we take pride in doing it all for you. From prepping surfaces, to ordering paint, or answering technique questions, we do it the Brush Rite Painting way.


Call today and schedule your interior estimate or use the booking link here to meet with our estimator!



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It’s real estate season! As high school graduates are getting ready to move out, and families are downgrading or upgrading, real estate agents are working hard at getting their client’s listings on the market.


Although there’s a lot that goes into selling a house, most don’t consider:


- staging the home

- reducing clutter

- cleaning floors

- straightening picture frames

- applying fresh paint


Picture this, your forever home just became available to buy! All your dreams are becoming real... a guest bedroom, a spare office, a master bathroom with the world’s best tiles, and a kitchen that will make your mother in law’s jaw drop!


Oh, and did I mention that patio deck with the pergola to match?


It was perfect... until you actually stepped foot inside the house and realized that the pictures on Zillow were highly edited, and did not reflect the true condition of the home.


We have all been there, and as a buyer it can be the most disappointing thing in the world! However, as a seller it’s worse. You have put so much time into prepping and selling your home, and your potential buyers leave the showing disappointed.


Real estate agents watch the market closely all year round to suggest the perfect time for listings to take place. This careful planning takes into consideration any work being done in the home and legal paperwork, prior to even appearing on Zillow! So why set yourself, and potential buyers up for disappointment? Get your interior painted before!


A quick Google search, “how to prepare before selling”, will show suggestions that highlight getting a fresh new coat of paint.


Real estate agents and interior designers have even figured out which trendy colors work best for selling! For example, 2022’s Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams is a popular choice! Impress more buyers and add value to your home!


Now imagine this:

Your dream home is already listed... You’re walking up to the front door, and as you open it you are met with beautiful light reflected off the walls... The space has a gleaming, fresh new ceiling, and the character notes from the trim accents give it a cozy feel... It’s perfect!



As a seller, it is important to understand how a new paint job can really make your home stand out. Making the space appear brand new will make buyers less likely to look for flaws or damages to the property.


Not to mention that painters can also fix:

  • cracks

  • nail holes

  • and remove any old wallpaper that was installed in 1985 by your grandpa...

If you’re looking to give your home an advantage on the market, but not sure on what to do, we suggest you call Brush Rite Painting. We can walk you through the scheduling and painting process! Plus, we offer a free color consult appointment, saving you on interior design fees.


Scheduling painters should be the easiest part of the selling process, and we’re definitely more than equipped to handle any project. Just take a look at our portfolio here.


Add value to your home and prepare your home listing to truly shine, because your next steps in life are important and we want to make sure that as you wipe the slate clean for new owners to move in, they’re set up for a beautiful start to truly pay justice to the memories you have made there.


If you enjoyed this article and want to learn more about getting your paint project started, check out our article, "Everything you need to know about your painting project!" or contact us at 734-368-3592!

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