Staining vs Painting For Your Home And Why You’ll Want To Know

Find Out The Differences And Why It Can Matter For Your Home In Ann Arbor
Painting the front of a very tall home

The differences in staining vs painting mostly come down to how long it’ll last before it needs redoing and what you want from the look.

Find out more below-

What Do We Want?

“The look of our exterior is super important,” says Sarah.

“It sure is,” Jason agrees. “That’s why we need to choose between staining vs painting it. Which do you think would be best, Sarah?”

Sarah folds her arm and taps her foot as she thinks. “I mean, it’s not as simple as it sounds. The most obvious difference is in how they each affect the look. There has to be more to it than that though.”

Jason gets out his phone. “Well, the most obvious solution to our problem is to research it, as we did with Benjamin Moore vs Sherwin Williams. Let’s look up the differences between staining and painting home exteriors.”

Sarah nods as Jason begins typing their problem into Google. After searching through some webpages, here is what they find:

Other side of home with wood exterior siding after maintenance coating

Staining vs Painting For Homes

When it comes to staining vs painting, the main differences are how long it’ll last and the look. Stains can last 2 to 8 years depending on the type. Paint usually goes for 6 to 10 years. Stains show off the natural wood while painting creates a new look.

Staining the second story

Stains are appealing for people who like the look of natural wood. You can better see the textures and grains.

There are 2 types of stains for home- semi-transparent and solid. Semi-transparent stains show more of the natural wood. It does need restaining every 2 to 3 years. Solid stains look like paints but you can still see some of the wood. It needs restaining every 6 to 8 years.

Home painted red and a brown that makes it look like wood

Paint is great for people who want a color other than brown for their home. A quality paint job can last 6 to 10 years. You can give your home a wood color with paint if you’d like.

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“Look and durability, huh. Maybe we should do a little more digging before we make a final decision,” suggests Sarah. Jason nods in agreement and the couple gets back to researching staining vs painting.