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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Summer is winding down, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard. If your deck is looking a little drab, Angie's List looks at whether you should paint or stain your deck.

Most experts say to stick with the stain, since most deck surface are horizontal, and paint tends to hold water.

"As the wood shrinks and expands with changes in moisture and temperature, the paint doesn't always have the ability to move at the exact same rate, and the only thing it can do at that point is release and let go of the wood, and that manifests itself in cracking and peeling and chipping of the coating," said John Nearon, deck company Director of Operations.

Unlike paint, a stain won't chip, peel or crack. Quality stains penetrate the wood grain, allowing moisture to escape the wood.

"We prefer oil-based products," said Nearon. "There are water-based products that have come onto the market that are working to different levels of success, but what we are looking for is a good quality product in terms of its coloration and the way it has the ability to penetrate and soak into the wood fibers."

Deck staining may seem like a simple, weekend DIY  project, but it can be time-consuming. If you don't have the time or expertise for the job, a pro can help you get lasting results.

"Typically, a company will quote staining a deck by the square foot or by the hour, so be sure it's clear in the estimate... Additionally, find out what materials they are going to use and remember if they are going to have a lot of prep work, like stripping old paint or stain -- that's going to cost extra," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

Whether you decide to tackle the task yourself or hire a professional, Hicks says to be sure you have a plan for covering and protecting plants and the nearby area from cleaners and stains.

Wood decks will need to be restained every few year, because even the best stains will fade, especially in high-traffic areas.

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