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Professional Deck Staining Services in North San Diego

Maintaining your outdoor surfaces can do a lot to boost your overall curb appeal. Here at CertaPro Painters® of North San Diego, we specialize in professional deck staining and painting services. We recommend investing in routine touch ups for your outdoor entertainment areas in order to protect these wood surfaces from wood rot and insect damage. Most staining applications will last for 3-4 years. When you renovate your deck you will instantly create a more inviting place to relax during the warm weather seasons. Below are a few of the steps we take to ensure a seamless staining or painting service.

Scraping: Our painters will remove any dirt, gravel, and chipped paint.
Power Washing: It is best to have a completely clean surface prior to staining or painting for a smooth application.
Sanding: If needed, our team can smooth away any rough or raised surfaces.
Apply Paint or Stain: The last step is to apply your selected color of paint or stain.

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Deck Staining & Painting Services in San Diego, CA

If you have a deckfencepatio, or archways around your home, you know that the varying weather elements can take a toll on your wooden surfaces. If you don’t take proper care of them by re-sealing and re-staining at the right times, they can become a costly home maintenance expenditure that can significantly decrease the value of your home. The longer you wait to hire a painting contractor the more expensive this undertaking will become.

The CertaPro Painters® of North San Diego team has years of experience sealing and staining decks to protect them from all types of weather conditions. Depending on your project, our professional surface prep and deck staining process may include:


Your deck and/or fence must be properly cleaned prior to applying a new stain. Pressure washing the surfaces will help eliminate mold, mildew, algae, etc as well as help remove any loose/peeling coatings. Using the proper cleaning solution is important depending on the conditions of the deck or fence. Depending on the desired finish, a full strip (chemical or sanding) and/or a brightening process may be necessary.

Power washing deck before staining

Preparation / Sanding

Proper cleaning and preparation are the key to getting the most out of your deck/fence staining. Any remaining loose coatings after the pressure wash must be scraped and or wire brushed off. Depending on the desired finish, sanding may also be necessary. Any loose nails, screws, and boards should be resecured. Caulking is generally not necessary for these structures as the stain will need to breath (release moisture).

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Paint should never be applied to deck flooring. Using a quality stain is the best practice. If paint is used on vertical surfaces, any bare wood should be primed prior to applying the paint. Stains come in various finishes: transparent/translucent, semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid (see “Stain Finishes” for more detail). Stains do not require a prime coat and should always be applied with a brush and roller. If a sprayer is used, a back-brush or back-roll should be performed to create an even finish as well as work the product into the wood.

Exterior deck staining service


With weather conditions in San Diego, having a nice deck or fence is like having a nice yard, it requires fairly regular maintenance and upkeep. A simple wash, using a basic deck/fence cleaner, should be performed at least once a year. Depending on the kind of stain used, horizontal surfaces (ie: flooring, tops of railing, etc) will likely need touchups or even fresh coats every 1-4 years. Vertical surfaces will usually hold up longer because they are not walked on and moisture does not sit on them for extended periods of time. Touchups and fresh coats are usually completed on these every other round of horizontal surface reworks.

Deck sanding service

Deck Staining Estimates in North San Diego

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Types of Stain Finishes Offered by CertaPro in North San Diego

Transparent or Translucent

this is what most people think of when looking at stained floors or furniture. They can be clear or tinted but will leave the most natural wood grain showing after being applied. These are usually oil-based products that will penetrate deep into wood surfaces and are single coat applications. Wood MUST be bare to use these products in most situations. These are usually the best products to use on new decks or fences. Colors choices are limited and changing colors will usually require removal of previous coating.

Typical maintenance cycle (horizontal surfaces) = 1-3 years.

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Semi-Transparent and Semi-Solid

These products are in between transparent and solid (some wood grain will show through). They are usually water-based and don’t necessarily require removal of previous coatings to be used. Depending on desired outcome and product used, a one or two coat application may be necessary. Changing colors with these stains usually limits options to similar or darker colors from the current coating. Some situations call for a “wet-on-wet” 2 coat application with these products. This consists of applying a second coat before the first coat is fully dry.

Typical maintenance cycle (horizontal surfaces) = 2-4 years

Wood Deck Painted Red


Solid stains have the same appearance as a paint (no visible wood grain). The bonding process for these stains gives much higher durability to walking surfaces than paint. Solid stains are usually water-based and can be applied over previous coatings. Any color can be made with solid stains. Color changes can be done with solid stains and will generally require at least two finish coats depending on colors. Wear and tear will be more visible with solid stains, but touch-ups are fairly easy to perform..

Typical maintenance cycle (horizontal surfaces) = 3-5 years

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Deck Staining Ideas For Your Home

There are several ways you can use stain to make your deck look unique. One way is to use two colors, a dark one for the main deck and a lighter one for accents. You may also want to paint your deck. This is possible using a quality acrylic paint. You will also need to apply a primer before painting.

Painted Rails

Painted Rails

Two Tone Stain

Two Tone Stain

Dark Stain

Dark Stain

Natural Wood Stain

Natural Wood Stain

Fence Staining

Fence Staining

Why Choose CertaPro For Your Deck Staining Needs?

Our team at CertaPro Painters® of North San Diego has access to the latest technology available for deck painting and repair. The techniques we use to fix your deck will depend on the problem, but our team will be able to assess your needs and provide a range of options. This means you have choices. What’s more, because our deck painting and staining teams have years of experience, you can rest assured that your stucco repair and painting will be done right, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

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Tips For Decks in San Diego, CA

Having a beautiful deck is like having a beautiful lawn. It takes upkeep and maintenance. Here are some tips for keeping that deck looking nice and pretty:

1. When initially finishing your deck, it’s all about the PREP and quality stain products. There are numerous sources and knowledgeable experts out there to help decide the best process for your deck.
2. Moisture is a decks #1 enemy! Going into winter and coming out, give her a simple wash and make sure any bare spots due to weather and wear & tear are sealed up. This will not only prolong the lifespan of the stain but will protect the wood as well.
3. Horizontal surfaces such as flooring and the tops of railing are where moisture sits for prolonged periods. This is where failure will inevitably happen first. With the San Diego climate, We recommend cleaning and restaining these surfaces usually every other year. Vertical surfaces will hold up longer so restain these every other time you do the horizontal surfaces.

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Deck Staining Services in San Diego, CA

Staining your deck not only highlights the wood grain and improves its overall appearance, but it will also increase its lifespan by preventing rot and insect infestation. Deck staining will also prevent the wood from absorbing moisture, which can freeze causing costly damage.

When it comes to choosing deck stain colors, options range from natural-looking and clear wood stains to bold solid colors. While you’re looking for one to suit your project, consider that a clear stain will bring out the wood grain, while a solid color will reveal very little of the wood’s natural color.

Many homeowners leave their pressure-treated wood as is because they think they cannot apply stain to treatment. This is not the case. There are many different shades of stain that can complement the look of treated wood. You can stain all decks whether they are pressure treated or have already been stained.

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Deck and Fence Staining Portfolio by CertaPro in San Diego

San Diego homes have a wide variety of styles for decks and fences. Below you can see samples of deck & fence projects we completed in the area. If you have questions or would like a free estimate, contact us.

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Deck Photo 1

Jaime was fantastic from start to finish. The residents had no complaints once they saw the finished result and after he calmed their fears. Adela also was instrumental in the success of this project. She was calm, educated, and helped guide me through my first big paint project.

- Natasha T. | San Diego, CA

Natasha T. | San Diego, CA

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Common Questions About Deck & Fence Staining Projects

How often should I stain my deck or fence

With a transparent stain you should restrain every 1 to 3 years. With a solid stain you can recoat ever 2 – 5 years

How do I know if I want a solid stain vs a transparent or semi transparent?

The less pigment (color) your product has, the less protection you’ll get over time. If you’ve already used a solid stain or a paint in the past, transparent options are no longer viable. Many folk prefer the transparent look that allows the natural color of the wood to show through, but it does require more maintenance to sustain this look.

Do I need to strip my deck every time I stain it?

Technically the answer is yes, and we usually recommend it. However, most customers don’t have the budget to do this. In this case the next best option is to reapply the same product used last.

How do I identify a deck that needs staining?

The lifespan of your stain will depend on several different factors including:

The elements: direct sunlight is the biggest threat to your deck because it can cause the stain to dry out and weather much faster. Rain can also cause damage, especially if your deck is not treated. The wood can soak up the water and when the temperature cools it can freeze, causing cracks. With each season cycle, your deck can become a little weaker.

Foot traffic: Once you have applied a good deck stain, typical use of your deck will not begin to show signs of wear for several months. Gradually, the stain will begin to wear as the small particles of dirt beneath people’s shoes rub on the deck’s surface like sandpaper.

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