Would You Like A Two Tone Deck?
The contrast is striking, creating an elegant look for an outdoor space.
Two Tone Deck Staining and Sealing
Many deck owners prefer a single color to provide a natural continuity with their existing style of siding and landscaping design. While there are many choices in colors, the type of finish is always a big factor to consider when choosing a stain. They come in what can be referred to as either toners or semi transparent finishes. This means that they give a little or a lot of color but does not impede the natural look of the wood and its grain from showing through. In other words, similar to the type of look you see in fine wood furniture that is colored to resemble a certain wood species like cherry, oak, or perhaps mahogany.
Next there are opaque or solid color stains that will cover the wood like a paint, hiding the woods natural grain. These types of stains give a consistent color throughout the deck and look very rich. Many deck owners use this type of finish on older decks to help its appearance and possibly cover any flaws in the wood. For example, pressure treated wood may have a lot of the dark green staining left over from the treatment process that makes it look very unnatural, detracting from the overall finish if using a toner or semi transparent stain.
Two tone decks are becoming increasingly popular. Deck owners enjoy the look of a two-toned deck where the railing and deck floor are coated using a combination of the finishes. The most common is the solid color stain on railings and pickets, while the floor is coated with a semi transparent or toner type sealer. The results can be very beautiful and compliment or accent the house and landscaping.
While two-toned structures have become popular they are also done with good reason. The solid color will hide the flaws in the pickets and railing system and last longer on vertical surfaces requiring less maintenance than the flooring does. The semi transparent or toners used on the horizontal surfaces provides the necessary UV protection but since it is understood that these areas require much more maintenance, using these finishes makes maintenance easier and benefits the surface they are applied to.
Most semi transparent and toner finishes are oil based. These oils are beneficial to the surfaces which take a beating just from the sun alone, foot traffic, walking, scuffs, scratches and marking from furniture commonly found on many decks. Also the oil based finishes help to provide a barrier against grease spills from BBQ grills making the spots easier to remove when it is time to clean the deck. Consumers also need to be aware of the VOC changes that went into effect in 2005. These changes have had an impact on the coatings industry, and on product performance. These factors combined with EPA recommendations for an effective barrier from CCA exposure and contact makes them a smart choice for any two-toned project.
While the cost for such a project will be higher than a single finish, the benefits are in the savings you’ll have by caring for the horizontal surfaces on a regular basis while the vertical ones only require a light cleaning and occasional touch ups less frequently.
Check with your neighborhood Home Owners Association before choosing a two-tone finish. The HOA can make you remove a finish if it violates any covenant in the HOA agreement. Ask a See Dirt Run!™ Inc. representative about two-toned finishes when getting an estimate for your deck care needs.
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