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First impressions are important, whether you are talking about people or curb appeal. If you are fortunate enough to have a deck and/or porch, it’s possible that winter storms and freezing temps haven’t been kind to it. But, there is definitely something you can do to give that wooden structure new life.

Now, before the weather changes, would be a good time to start thinking about how to bring that weathered wood back to its previous glory. Better Homes & Gardens, known for their home improvement ideas, is a good resource for do-it-yourself jobs. This article discusses how to go about selecting finishes and explains the different types available.

The first thing they recommend to do is choose the color you want. Are you drawn to the natural look of weathered wood or a shade of brown? Maybe a stain is what you need. Or does a statement color such as red appeal to you? Perhaps paint will be the answer. If you are drawn to something but unsure of how it will look, the editor suggests testing out whatever you are thinking of using on an inconspicuous spot. Natural wood changes the color of paints and stains, so taking the time to try it out may make the difference in creating the look you are after or one which leaves you disappointed.brushes with paint

Sealants can’t be overlooked, according to the article. Providing protection from water, mildew, bugs, and ultraviolet light ensures the wood lasts. Stains come in semi-transparent or heavy-bodied, each offering a difference in appearance, while still letting the woodgrain show. Paints, on the other hand, can mask problem areas and tend to last longer. They also come with more color and gloss choices and require different techniques for application.

A little sprucing up can go a long way to enhancing curb appeal and personal enjoyment. Refreshing the finish just may be the trick to meeting your decking needs. And when it’s all completed, whether you sell or hang onto your home a little longer, you can reap the rewards of a job well done.