Homeowner painting a wood deck with a brush

Should You Paint Concrete Patios or Wood Decks? Seal Smart Explains

Homeowner painting a wood deck with a brush

Seal Smart prides itself on proven technology that seals wood and concrete. We’re so confident in our workmanship that our wood deck sealant comes with a 25-year warranty! Today, we take a look at whether or not you should paint your concrete patio or wooden deck.

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What Are You Trying to Achieve?

The first thing you want to ask yourself is: What are you trying to achieve by painting your concrete patio or wooden deck? 

  • Do you want to revamp your outdoor element completely? 
  • Are you trying to cover up some signs of aging? 
  • Do you want to refresh the look? 
  • Are you attempting to match, complement, or contrast the color scheme of your home? 
  • Do you want to touch-up a few areas just before selling the property? 

The Seal Smart team can give you tips and tricks for painting concrete and wood for a lasting finish, no matter what reason you have for undertaking this project.

Pick the Right Products

Remember the phrase Caveat emptor. Buyer beware. Not all products for painting concrete or outdoor wood are the same. Look for professional-grade products that come with robust warranties of 10 years or more. You’ll also want to find products that penetrate deep into the wood or concrete to help preserve them for decades to come. Always pick a paint that’s made for concrete rather than ordinary paint. Otherwise, it won’t last long at all.

Concrete Is Fickle

Concrete is fickle when it comes to painting it. You’ll need a special kind of paint for your patio. Rather than paint, think about redoing your patio with a layer of stucco. Experts can mix concrete paint with mortar to ensure the color stays embedded in the concrete before applying it. That way, you’ll have long-lasting color for decades to come without worrying about the paint wearing off the surface of the concrete.

Repair, Clean, and Seal FIRST

Another thing to consider is preserving the wooden deck or concrete patio. You’ll want to repair, clean, and seal the deck or patio BEFORE covering it with paint. Many paint products say to clean the surfaces ahead of painting it for best results (and so the product warranty remains intact). 

What’s the best way to clean and seal your concrete patio or wooden deck? With a professional job done by Seal Smart! Our technicians use high-quality, proprietary materials that preserve wood and concrete. Our wood sealant soaks into the wood itself (rather than staying on the surface, like paint) and carries a 25-year warranty. 

Yes, paint does have some properties that preserve your outdoor deck or patio. However, it’s not nearly as effective as a professional-grade sealant that seeps into wood or concrete.

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High-Quality Deck or Patio Sealants From Seal Smart

Interested in preserving your deck or patio for years or decades to come? Talk to the professional team at Seal Smart. We’ll come to your place, give you a quote, answer any questions you have, and take care of your outdoor space. Contact Seal Smart online or call 1-877-273-2511 for more information or to request a free quote.

Rain drops on wood deck with sealant

When Should I Seal My Wood Deck?

wood deck sealant

Stunning decks are the pride and joy of homeowners. To make sure your deck lasts forever, protecting it from excess moisture is vital. Wood deck sealer is one of the best ways to take care of a gorgeous deck. How long should you wait before sealing?

How Long Should You Wait to Seal a New Wood Deck?

It’s important to protect new wood from UV damage and fading. At the same time, some woods maintain a fair amount of resin and natural oils after installation. As a general rule, expect to wait approximately 30 days before scheduling professional deck sealing. However, in the case of intense wood grains such as cedar and mahogany, you may want to seal the deck earlier — perhaps within one or two weeks.

When is the Best Time of Year to Seal a Deck?

The ideal outside temperatures for deck sealing are between 50 and 90 degrees. Usually, late summer and early fall are the best times for deck restoration and sealing. However, if your area experiences typically drier springtime weather or summertime temps that don’t get too hot, you can likely schedule deck sealing anytime between early April and late October. The best time of year to seal a deck always depends on the average weather changes locally.

What Kind of Weather is Best for Deck Sealing?

Unless you’re working with professionals, finding the best weather forecast for cleaning a deck and applying a sealer is one of the trickiest aspects of deck sealing. Ideally, for cleaning, you need a cloudy day to avoid drying out the products. For applying sealer, clear skies are best for ensuring even application.

When it comes to deck restoration pros, however, you don’t need to worry about the weather at all (unless it’s pouring down rain). Our experienced professionals use the best techniques, the best equipment, and the best wood deck sealer so that we can guarantee incredible results in many different kinds of weather.

What is the Best Way to Seal a Wood Deck?

At Seal Smart, LLC, we give deck surfaces excellent care. This ensures the best adhesion and an incredible appearance. Here are a few ways we transform worn decks into jaw-dropping outdoor spaces:

1. Deep cleaning: Our professionals thoroughly scrub and clean every inch of wood surfaces, including edges and cracks.

2. Drying

3. Repairing


Once the deck is ready to receive the best protection possible, our team starts the Seal Smart application. Our pressurized system distributes the seal uniformly and in the right amount to preserve your deck’s natural beauty while providing unparalleled year-round protection from the elements.

How Often Do You Have to Seal a Deck?

With an ordinary deck sealer or multi-purpose stain, you have to go through the cleaning and sealing process every three to five years. Since these products rest near the surface of wood, they eventually wear off. Some cheaper sealers only last a year. Can you imagine having to seal your deck every year?

Things are different when you choose a premium Seal Smart wood deck sealer. This penetrating sealant creates a waterproof shield in every layer of wood, protecting against moisture, mold, and mildew from deep within. Our Seal Smart process comes with an exclusive 25-year warranty. In other words, once our team restores your deck, you don’t need to worry about sealing ever again.

Why Choose Us?

At Seal Smart, LLC, we treat your deck to the best protection and care possible. Enjoy decades of breathtaking sunsets, unforgettable outdoor entertaining, and refreshing family moments. Learn more about our deck restoration services by contacting our team right away.


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