Hope you all are having a nice Summer! I wanted to post an update about our wrap around porch and experience using the Behr Deckover product last Spring and its appearance and durability a year later. Due to such an incredible interest readers have taken regarding this post I wrote last year, this project on Pinterest has become one of my most popular pins! I continue to get weekly emails and blog comments on it almost a year later. ( A big THANK YOU for reading! 🙂 ) I think it’s because there have been a lot of mixed reviews on deck paints that give composite-like results, and finding informative posts via the Internet regarding these products was challenging up until about a year ago. When we were researching deck paints, I found maybe 3-4 reviews and they really weren’t that promising. We also relied on Consumer Reports and the paint specialists at Home Depot about the Behr Deckover product. ( For more info on our porch paint colors, click here, here, and here. )
In last Spring’s post, I wrote about how we cleaned and prepped our 13 year old deck ( that was in desperate need of a new stain or paint job!) really well prior to application. The deck was very porous, so I’m not sure if that factored in to our success or not. There’s also the humidity and heat factors in our hot Summer months here in Atlanta, as well as our moderately mild Winters that could affect the product’s appearance and durability.
I must preface this post by saying I was not sponsored or comped by Behr for use of this product or my statements regarding their product. All opinions and experiences are my own.
The recurring theme I keep hearing from readers is how this product has flaked or peeled on their deck surface. They are complaining that their whole decks are peeling off in sheets or that the product is flaking all over. I know that has to be so maddening and discouraging, as painting or staining a deck is alot of work! I really have no idea why this has happened to some, but not all. I know the product does have a good warranty, but still! Who wants to have to do the sanding and prep all over on a product that claims it’s supposed to last years?
Our deck has done really well over the past year though. We had a good experience and would use the Behr Deckover again! Prep is really the key to getting the surface ready prior to painting. One thing we learned as we applied it was that a little water can be added to thin it if it gets too gloppy. That helped ALOT! We used a long handled roller and a wide, flat brush to get in between the porch slats, as well.
Here are some current pictures and I’ll comment on them as needed:
The front porch steps are holding up nicely overall, but there are a few signs of wear along the edge. On the long back staircase that leads from the back deck, there is no sign of wear on the edge of the tread which is sort of odd because our 2 Weimaraners, as well as the family humans are constantly using that one!
All of these areas of the porch are covered, but both the exposed and covered are holding up exactly the same in appearance. The light paint color I chose does show our Georgia red clay and where the birds have “graced” us, but it cleans easily with mild soap and water. We haven’t tried to clean with a pressure washer yet, but when we do, I will update that later.
Well if it isn’t Ms. Sadie Blue herself……. 😉
Please excuse some of my flowers. This is even with daily water, but we have had a scorching hot Summer here in Atlanta! Our lake is down a few feet, things are looking pretty pitiful, and we need some rain!!
Here’s a shot of my new fountain I got in June at Lowe’s. The old one finally bit the dust after almost 8 years! I really like this one and it’s much easier to keep clean.
So this was our Behr Deckover experience after one year. Obviously, it’s risky to try a product that you’ve heard such mixed reviews about, but so far, so good on our porch! I plan on updating each year showing and telling if we have had any problems, notice any changes, etc. Maybe after a couple of years on the market, Behr is troubleshooting the formula for their Deckover product.
Please let me know if you have a good experience or a bad one, as it’s helpful to others when searching the Web for products that have and have not worked for people!
Best of luck,