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Has your deck been damaged by years of exposure to sun, rain, and other weather conditions? Let Helping Hands General Labour rejuvenate it with our exceptional deck staining services.

Helping Hands General Labour is a leading provider of excellent deck staining services in the Durham area. We have a firm understanding and knowledge of how various weather conditions can wear a deck’s surface and cause the color to fade and the wood to crack, warp, or split. Our deck staining team is skilled in the various methods used to improve a deck’s color, life, and overall sustainability. After meeting with you, we will implement the best approaches to ensure your deck looks its best. Our goal is to provide home owners with the best deck sealing and staining services in the Durham area. With years of experience and under our belts, we are proven leaders in the industry and guarantee we will bring that level of commitment to every deck staining project we complete.

Customized Deck Staining Plans to Meet Your Needs

Based on our extensive experience, we recommend starting any deck staining process with a complimentary evaluation of your deck and its needs to properly assess its condition and plan the best approach for improving the look of your deck. While some home owners are primarily concerned with a deck’s colour and vibrant appearance, others are more focused on ensuring durability for years to come. We understand both priorities and consistently cater our work around the specific needs involved. Much of the information regarding deck stains and sealing products can be confusing. At Helping Hands General Labour our deck staining professionals are trained to educate you and guide you through your options to make it clearer and easier to make decisions on the best products for your deck. We are happy to make recommendations based on your specific needs and desires, and will implement the approach you choose with exacting care and attention to detail. No project is considered complete until you review our work and give us your seal of approval and satisfaction.

Leaving the Wood Unfinished

Depending on the type of wood you build your deck out of and where you live, leaving the deck completely unfinished could be an option. But for most people, it’s not the best choice because the elements eventually wreak havoc on even the toughest of woods.

With the exception of some extremely hard tropical hardwoods, you should almost always apply some sort of finish to your deck if you want it to last outside. Skipping the finish coat will usually lead to the wood cracking, splitting, warping, and even rotting before it should, requiring lots of time and money to make repairs.

Finishing Your Deck with Paint

Painting your wood deck can be a great choice. Paint has quite a few benefits over the other finish options such as stain or sealer, but it may not be for you if you want a natural looking wood deck.

Here are the pros and cons of painting your outside deck:


  • Painting allows you to use any color you want. Because paint is solid, you can completely cover an old color or the wood itself, which means your options are wide open.
  • Paint often fills gaps and cracks. Paint is a thicker finish, so it can often be useful for repairing wood that has already damaged a little by the elements. Some paints are even made just for that purpose.
  • Paint might be easier to clean. Depending on the color (I have a white painted deck and it is NOT easy to clean), paint can be easy to clean. If the paint is of good quality and is allowed to cure properly before put into use, it creates a hard shell that dirt usually just washes right off of.
  • Paint is more protective of wood. Generally speaking, paint resists rot, mold, and sun damage better than other options. However, other types of high-quality finishes can also do a great job of protecting wood.


Cons of Paint:


  • Paint is forever. Once you decide to paint your wood deck, you’ve pretty much decided to always paint your wood deck. While you can go from stain or sealer to paint, you can’t really go back the other way without going to extreme measures.
  • Paint is available in any color. While this is also in the “pros” list, it can be a challenge. What looks good on walls and trim doesn’t always look good on a huge surface like a deck. Floor paints used to be limited in color options, but not anymore. More choices means more chances that you’ll be sorry!
  • Paint can be slippery when wet. Depending on the sheen of your paint (gloss, semi-gloss, etc.), painted decks are sometimes as slick as ice when wet.
  • Paint hides the natural beauty of wood. The biggest drawback is probably that paint hides the wood grain, thereby erasing one of the biggest upside features of a real wood deck.

    Staining Your Wood Deck

    If you decide paint is not for you, you’ll probably look at either semi-transparent stains or a clear sealer for your deck. This category is very broad, encompassing many different types of finish material, but we can still look at a few of the more general pros and cons.

    Pros of Stain


    • Stain retains the natural beauty of wood. Stain and sealer let the wood grain show through.
    • Stain is less slippery. This is a generality, and some stains can be slick, but for the most part, stains are more of a flat surface that protect the wood without creating a very slippery surface.
    • Stain is easier to apply. Stain and sealer are more forgiving. You can miss a spot here and there without it becoming obvious. Paint isn’t as easy to work with.
    • Stain comes in many colors. You still have design options with stain, which is available in a large variety of colors. Always test an area with your particular wood, though, because the color of the wood itself will have a big effect on the finished color of the stain.


    Cons of Stain


    • Stain has a shorter life span than paint. It may not last as long, depending on quality and coats.
    • Stain doesn’t fill cracks. It is generally much thinner; therefore, it can’t be used as a repair material to fill cracks, voids, and splinters.
    • Stain is more “rustic” looking. For the most part, stain results in a more natural looking finish. So the “pro” that says you can see the grain can also be a “con” if you don’t want to see it. If you want a solid color with very little variation, stain may not be for you. However, darker color stains can be fairly uniform in appearance.

We are setting the standards for interlocking companies in Durham Region. So whether it’s new interlock installation for a landscaping design, or interlock maintenance such as weed removal, weed control, interlocking repair or sealing, we treat every home like our home. As artists, we take pride in our work and strive for excellence stone by stone, and our attention to details no matter how minor can affect the out-come of the finishing product so significantly.

We take pride in our heritage as a family owned and operated business  committed to excellence and a honest work ethic.  Our satisfied customers have rewarded us with a reputation, positioning us a leader in the landscape industry in Durham Region.

For a dazzling new landscape design, contact Helping Hands General Labour today!