Should You Paint or Stain Your Wood Siding?

Feb 22, 2019

Wood is a beautiful exterior finish for any home and it remains a popular choice for many homeowners in the country. Unfortunately, its natural grains and porous surface is susceptible to paint chipping. Because of this, painting is one of the regular maintenance needs for exterior wood siding. That is, other than staining.

As
storm damage restoration experts in roofing and siding, our professionals at Viking Contractors, LLC have decided to compare these two practices in terms of performance, application and appearance and find out which of them truly is the superior finish for wood siding panels.

Overall Appearance

Paint is often applied on a much thicker layer than wood stain products. This film of paint is perfect for hiding blemishes that many older siding materials may have. However, it’s not recommended for new wood siding, as its thick application usually covers much of the beautiful natural graining present in wooden surfaces.

On the other hand, staining coats are thinner and will highlight the wood grain, giving your home a rustic appeal. Unfortunately, stains don’t offer much protection-wise. So what’s our
emergency roof restoration professionals’ verdict? It depends on the age of your siding. Older wood siding may need to be painted, but staining is often enough for newer ones.

Ease of Application

Painting can be labor-intensive. Before paint can be applied, you will have to prepare, clean and dry the surface properly. Otherwise, you increase the risk of cracking, blistering and peeling. Wood must also be treated with water-repellent preservatives to minimize the swelling and shrinking that typically happens as seasons and temperatures change. Staining doesn’t require any of these steps, making it the easier option of the two.

Durability and Protection

Overall, staining offers little in terms of protection and requires frequent re-application to maintain its appeal. Paint lasts relatively longer and provides a stronger level of protection, but it’s also often more expensive and complicated to use.

Our specialists at Viking Contractors, LLC, your trusted provider of
emergency restoration services, conclude that your choice of finishing for your wooden panel should depend on the needs of your home. To find out more about our services, give us a call today at 612-567-5522 or use our online
contact form to request a free inspection. We serve the areas of Rochester, Eden Prairie, and St. Paul, MN.

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