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Top 5 Best Deck Paint Colors of 2020

beautiful deck setup with outdoor furniture

It’s finally time to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend as much time as we can outside. Before you sit back, relax, and embrace the sunshine, why not give your outdoor space some personality and paint your deck? Painting your deck is very beneficial and provides beautiful results. You might not be aware, but paint is highly protective over wood, having the ability to resist rot, mold, sun damage, and more. Add some life to your deck and create an outdoor oasis that you’ll never want to leave by giving it a fresh coat of paint! Keep reading to discover the best deck paint colors of 2020 and get some creative inspiration for your own backyard.

1. Wonderful White Wash

close up of wood with whitewash over it

Using a whitewash paint technique on your deck will add a touch of sophistication, as well as a clean, bright look for your outdoor space. Whitewashed wood will also give off a vintage look with its textured appearance. With a wooden deck, you already have an earthy element to work with. That means that with whitewash, you’ll be able to highlight all the natural wood grains and lines and bring the deck to life. On the contrary to wood stains, whitewashing is one of the quickest and most cost-effective methods to execute. A whitewashed deck will have you feeling like you’re on a permanent Hamptons retreat!

2. Fiery Red

deck painted bright red

If you are the type of person who loves to entertain and are not afraid of color, then painting your deck a fiery red is the perfect choice for you! Red is the type of color that will never go out of style – even for your outdoor space. All red hues have the power to demand attention and create a fun and energetic atmosphere for you and your guests. The color red is so powerful that it can actually elevate your adrenaline and draw people together, making this the ultimate outdoor paint color of 2020.  If your backyard space is looking dull, give it a burst of life with a bold red paint job. 

3. Earthy Brown 

deck half painted with light brown paint

All shades of brown bring about a calm, tranquil, and earthy feel to make your deck the ultimate place to relax and unwind. Whether you choose light brown or dark brown, this hue doesn’t command attention. Instead, having a brown deck gives you the opportunity to highlight and accessorize with furniture, rugs, plants, and more.  Another benefit of painting your deck a shade of brown is that it is a color that is able to complement practically any other hue! If you love simplicity and being around nature, then you will find that the color brown will bring you comfort and complete relaxation when you spend time on your deck.

4. Calming Blue

Blue painted deck with white chairs and table

The color blue is known to be extremely calming and cool, which works well for any outdoor space. Whether you want a show-stopping pop of color or a tranquil and serene environment, a blue deck can cater to any kind of personality. Blue hues have soothing psychological effects that make them the complete opposite of the color red. Painting your deck a shade of blue will completely change the energy and feel of your environment, making it the peaceful oasis you’ve been striving for.

5. Classic Gray

grey wood panelsWant to add character and charm to your deck? Then paint it gray! The color gray no longer means dull – instead it is trendy right now because it delivers sophistication, elegance, and a sense of glamour. Gray is a great neutral base color that will provide a contrast with more defined colors such as reds, oranges, and yellows. Hues of gray communicate to you and your guests that your deck is an inviting, welcoming, and lively space to gather and unwind. 

Get The Best Deck Paint at Ricciardi Brothers

Painting your deck will give your entire backyard a facelift for the new decade. At Ricciardi Brothers, we have the largest selection of interior and exterior paint, wood stains, and more to help transform your deck into an incredible space for you to relax and entertain! At this current time, we are offering paint delivery services. You can shop online from the comfort and safety of your home and have paint gallons and paint supplies delivered right to your front door. Contact us today to learn more about our services or for more tips on paint colors for your deck.

woman in flannel and green gloves staining her outdoor deck by herself

5 Things to Avoid When Staining Your Deck

woman in flannel and green gloves staining her outdoor deck by herself

A great place to relax or entertain family and friends is outside on a deck. Outdoor decks are constantly exposed to harsh conditions such as rain, snow, and sunlight. In order to protect the beauty of your wood and keep it looking like new years later, then you should consider using a stain. It’s no small job, but for most, it’s a small price to pay for the summer grilling, morning coffee, and appeal to future buyers. When choosing the perfect stain, you’ve got a number of options. However, what’s most important is to plan ahead and be well-prepared to ensure a flawless application. Many homeowners are left feeling dissatisfied with their DIY deck staining projects, due to lack of proper research. Even the best staining jobs require periodic refinishing — usually every two or three years, but doing it right the first time will save you tons of trouble later on. Use the list below as a guide for things to avoid when staining your deck.  

1. Avoid Poor Preparation

Whether it’s a brand new deck or an older deck requiring re-staining – preparation is the key to achieve professional-looking final results. One of the few reasons why your stain peels off shortly after application is due to poor preparation work. Before staining your deck, it is crucial to use a good-quality deck cleaner for removing dirt and debris from between decking boards. Next, you should thoroughly rinse the surface with a garden hose and high-pressure nozzle attachment. Once your deck is dry, use 80-grit sandpaper to smooth everything down and remove residual dust. The preparation that comes with staining your deck is a ‘necessary evil’, but well worth it in the long-run.

2. Avoid Using the Wrong Stain and Brush

When choosing a stain for your deck, check to make sure that it’s specifically designed for exterior wood. Oil-based stains are far more durable than water-based stains, thus requiring far less maintenance. Synthetic-bristle brushes are usually made of polyester or nylon, or a combination of both. These types of brushes are recommended for best use with water-based latex paints and stains. On the contrary, natural-bristle brushes made from animal hair, perform better when used with oil-based products. Brushes have their downsides, but they are most effective for forcing the stain into open grain and pores.

3. Avoid Over Application

Decks are best stained with a semi-transparent wood stain. People are often mistaken in thinking that applying more coats will make the stain more durable, and therefore last longer. However, oversaturation will create a thick film on the surface that will flake and peel off in a matter of weeks. Pay close attention to the directions rather than relying on your own best judgment. Only apply as much stain as the wood can absorb. 

4. Avoid Improper Weather Conditions

High temperatures and excessive humidity are two of the weather conditions you should avoid while staining your deck. Wood stains do not adhere well to damp wood – this could cause it to crack and peel. Low to average humidity promotes faster drying. Also, be cautious of the direct sunlight – the stain will dry too fast before the wood is able to absorb it. The ideal temperature for staining a deck is between 50°F to 90°F.

5. Avoid Wasting Leftover Product

Before purchasing your stain, measure the area and calculate the gallons to be used. Once you’ve finished your project, be sure to seal and store the product in an area that will protect it from damage, freezing, and temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Save the leftover stain for future use such as touch-ups or other creative projects. Otherwise, you can donate your remaining product to a friend, school, or charitable organization in need of supplies. 

Stain Your Deck With Ricciardi Brothers

Ricciardi Brothers was founded by the late Joseph Ricciardi in Newark, New Jersey, where we always featured the highest quality products since 1929. At Ricciardi Brothers, we look forward to being your destination for all of your paint and related needs within your local community. Thinking about staining your deck? We offer a wide variety of exterior wood stains and finishes in-stores and online. Please visit one of our locations in your neighborhood or if you would like more information, contact us today! 

a beautiful backyard deck overlooking a yard in the spring

How to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

a beautiful backyard deck overlooking a yard in the spring

Getting Your Deck Ready for Warmer Weather

With the spring weather fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about barbecues and relaxation on your beautiful deck. Before you start dragging out the outdoor furniture and having people over, it is so important to prepare your deck for warmer weather first. Preparing your deck for spring will extend its life and keep it looking beautiful for years to come! Follow these simple steps to prepare your deck for the gorgeous days of spring.

1.  Wait for the Snow to Clear

If you live in an area where snow falls in the winter — as most of us do — you will want to make sure snow has cleared before beginning any of the next steps. Waiting for the snow to melt is important because you need to be able to fully assess the state your deck is in after a long winter, which will be impossible to do with snow and ice covering it. Make sure you are somewhat certain that the snow won’t be back until next winter before you move on to springtime deck prep.

2.  Check for Damage (Rot, Splintering, Cracks, etc.)

Once the snow has cleared, it is time to thoroughly check your deck for any damage that may have been inflicted throughout the winter. Common damage includes cracks in the deck, which can occur from frequent extreme changes in temperature. You will also want to look for areas that may have splintering wood, mildew, or even rotting wood. While all of these types of damage vary in severity, be sure to note where damage is and how serious it looks.

3.  Treat Damage If Necessary

Now that you know where all of the damage is located and how severe it is, it is time to treat that damage! Splintered and feathered wood can be treated with wood glue and a little sandpaper, and small chips can be addressed with wood filler. Cracks and rot are more severe, and often require the board of the deck to be replaced to ensure that no further damage is made. If you are not confident with making these repairs yourself, be sure to discuss repairs with a professional.

4.  Thoroughly Clean Your Deck

Once all damage has been treated, you will need to thoroughly clean your deck. A power wash usually does the trick, but be careful with how much “power” is used to ensure that the wood on your deck is not damaged again. Ask an expert about what is safe for your particular deck material. The goal is to have all dirt, mildew, and debris cleaned off of the deck so that there is a smooth surface left ready for a re-stain and seal.

5.  Re-stain or Seal Your Deck to Protect It

Finally, your deck is ready to be re-stained and/or sealed. When deciding on a stain, consult with a paint expert to ensure that you pick a shade that will fit your desired look. A new stain will make your deck look gorgeous and polished for the spring season. If new stain isn’t necessary or you want to add additional protection to your deck, continue with a seal. A sealant will provide durability and protection from the sun, ensuring that your deck maintains its health for years to come.

6.  Once Dry, Enjoy the Spring Weather on Your Deck!

Ensure that your stain and sealant is completely dry before dragging out your deck furniture for the spring. Once dry, you are ready to enjoy your gorgeous deck, which should be looking brand new.

Stain and Seal Your Deck with the Help of Ricciardi Brothers

Ready to get your deck in tip-top shape this spring? At Ricciardi Brothers, we’ll help you every step of the way with expert advice, tools, and the highest quality deck stains and seals. With locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, we are the perfect stop before your spring deck restoration. Contact us today with any questions you may have- we look forward to working with you!

a bucket of stain and a paintbrush on a partly stained deck

Top 4 Deck Staining Trends

a bucket of stain and a paintbrush on a partly stained deck

Staining your deck is the best way to give it a more gorgeous and finished appearance. It’s the perfect preparation for nights spent entertaining and socializing with friends and family. Just like in any area of interest throughout life, there are trends when it comes to home design projects, and deck staining is no exception. Read on to learn more about the most popular current deck staining trends, and to get some ideas for your own project!

Stain to Match Your Surroundings

The way you stain your deck is a reflection of your home and personal tastes, and current trends show that people choose different colors of stain depending on the region in which they live. Northern states have seen high sales of dark and brown stain colors, and areas of the country that are dominated by prairies and mountains tend to buy reds and browns in terms of stain. It’s interesting to think that stain color choice can be impacted by where you live, but since the stain of your deck is going to be one of the most clearly noticeable elements of your backyard, it makes sense that it should go well with your surroundings.

Use Varying Tones of Stain

Another current trend involves some creativity and playing with different shades of stain before choosing the one that’s right for you is a must. Mixing different tones of stain to create a new color will give your deck a completely unique look and bring character to your outdoor space. The key to utilizing this trend effectively is to choose stains within the same color family but in different tones. For a look that’s guaranteed to be found only in your backyard, mixing stains is the way to go.

Contrast Your Colors

Although people tend to love it when things match, contrasting colors throughout your backyard is in. Try staining your deck a color that contrasts with the color of your home or fence to draw the eye to the deck and make it stand out. This can also apply to furniture. If you’re looking for color contrast that it is a little less extreme, go for outdoor furniture that stands out and doesn’t perfectly match the stain you chose for your deck, because the more your deck area stands out, the more people are going to want to talk about it.

The Brighter, The Better

When most people think about staining a deck, they think of choosing some type of dark or brown tone, but brighter and more colorful shades are becoming more and more popular. Grey isn’t an especially eye-popping color, but it can be great for a deck by the ocean (or a deck that you wish was by the ocean). Blue is both eye-catching and modern, and choosing a shade of blue will almost guarantee that your deck will be the most unique in the neighborhood. Green will complement the natural look of your yard and look gorgeous next to your garden. Shades of red on the other hand look great with a brick exterior and are sure to catch the eyes of your guests as soon as they step into your backyard. Be sure to test your color before you use it to make sure you’re ready to commit, but bright and exciting color options are an awesome way to spice up your space and make it truly unique.

Ricciardi Brothers Labor Day Sale

There are so many different trends when it comes to staining your deck, and for the best deals to help bring your project to the next level, Ricciardi Brothers’ Labor Day Sale will make everything easier for you! From August 22 to September 16, save $7.00 off per gallon on up to 5 gallons of our premium Benjamin Moore paint and stain! Our featured product for this sale is Benjamin Moore Arborcoat® Exterior Stain, so be sure to check it out! You won’t want to miss your chance to save towards your next home design project with this sale. Contact us today with any questions you may have about your own project or about the products and services we offer. We can’t wait to help you make your deck the most eye-catching one in the neighborhood!

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5 Tips to Stain Your Deck Like a Pro

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The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature is slowly rising, so you know what that means: Long summer days spent in the comfort of your backyard are right around the corner! Before you know it, barbeque season will be in full swing.

To prepare for all of summer’s outdoor festivities, you may want to consider giving your deck a makeover. Decks are constantly exposed to rain, sunlight, and shoes, so they require a lot of attention when it comes to maintaining them. A great way to rejuvenate your deck and make it look brand new is by staining it. Here are a few tips on how to restore your deck and make it the best-looking deck on the block:


1. Prepare the Surface

Before you do anything else, it is essential that you prepare the surface properly. Whether your deck is old or new, be sure to clean it thoroughly a few days before applying the stain. Wash your deck using a wood cleaner to ensure that it is free of mildew stains, dirt, and other contaminants.

After cleaning your deck, let it dry for two to three days. Once this is completed and your deck is spotless, you are ready to begin the staining process. Before applying the stain, however, make sure the surface is absolutely dry. The stain must be applied to a dry surface or it won’t adhere correctly and might crack or peel.


2. Check the Forecast

Before you get too excited and make a day out of your project, check the weather forecast. Make sure there is no rain in the forecast for at least 12-24 hours after you apply the stain to your deck. This can damage your deck and force you to reapply the stain. In addition, don’t apply the stain right after it rains either. The surface needs to be completely dry in order for a stain to be applied. Wait to start your project until there is a sunny week ahead!


3. Take Your Time

Taking your time may be one of most important yet most forgotten steps when it comes to staining your deck. If you rush through the process, you are risking many mistakes on your part. Take your time going through every single step, ensuring you don’t miss one. You should also pay close attention to everything you do to avoid any spills that can potentially ruin your project.

To avoid any careless messes on your deck, be sure to take your time, regardless of how slow it may seem. You should also take your time when it comes to preparing. Don’t rush into the project. Instead, you must be completely sure that the weather will be clear and that nothing will stand in the way of your newly stained deck.


4. Follow Directions

Although you may think you’re a pro when it comes to staining decks, don’t forget to read and follow all directions. Every product is different and consists of different steps for application. At Ricciardi Brothers, we offer a wide range of products to meet your deck’s needs. After finding the best deck stain, take the time to read the directions and figure out how you will proceed.


5. Maintain Your Newly Stained Deck

Right after applying a new stain to your deck, it will look as good as new! But, don’t be fooled – this doesn’t mean your deck will look this way forever. It is still subject to weather damage, the footsteps of your guests, and the harsh summer sunlight. When it comes to protecting your deck, even a little bit of maintenance can go a long way. If your deck begins to show signs of damage, simply apply a wood brightener and you’ll be good to go!


Deck Stains in NJ, PA, and DE

If you are looking to give your deck a complete makeover before the summertime, Ricciardi Brothers has everything you need to transform your deck! Choose from our wide variety of deck staining options and exterior paints to get started on your next project.

This Memorial Day, we are having a promotion on Arborcoat Exterior Stain. Not only does it protect and beautify wood decking, its colors are also semi-solid, allowing the color and pattern of the wood to shine through. It’s the perfect stain to get your deck ready for all of those summer barbeques. Find your nearest paint store location and print your Arborcoat coupon today!

Image via Pixabay The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature is slowly rising, so you know what that means: Long summer days spent in the comfort of your backyard are right around the corner! Before you know it, barbeque season will be in full swing. To prepare for all of summer’s