Edit: This is one of my most popular posts, with tons of visitors every day (thank you!) So I just want to say up front that, I really love Behr interior paints, and it’s a hard decision to share an review of a product or service that’s not fully positive. But I will always share my honest opinions of a product. I shared my experience in hopes that it will be helpful for you as you research this huge project! And, I’ve edited this post a bit from the original to answer some FAQs that I’ve received.
Update: May 20, 2020- Tons of questions about how we fixed our deck! Here’s the post. I’m going to tell you, there’s not magic formula- it involves a lot of peeling and re-staining- but check it out if you want more details!
It’s getting close to spring and the time when we usually start planning our outdoor projects. This time last year, we were researching what kind of paint covering to put on our deck and covered porch, and chose Behr DeckOver. We used it on our wood deck, which is high traffic and exposed to the elements, our covered front porch, and our front concrete steps. I wanted to share my honest review of Behr DeckOver to hopefully help anyone who might be considering this product for their big spring project.
First, a little background. If you read the reviews online at sites like Home Depot, the folks who give it a positive review seem to assume that the negative reviewers didn’t do the prep work. We did do the prep work because I was really worried that ours wouldn’t turn out well. We prepped as instructed. I didn’t take pictures then because I wasn’t blogging, and what non-blogger takes pictures of hard labor? But we cleaned the deck with Wood Cleaner and sanded some spots that were really rough. We did not pressure wash, because we heard that the force of the water could trap moisture in the wood and under the coating and cause problem later on.
Someone left a question once questioning our application and prep techniques because the cracks that are left look like we didn’t prep or apply well. I can’t stress enough that we prepped and applied exactly as instructed. Any peeling that resulted in the deck are a result of the DeckOver and aren’t because of prep or application because we followed instructions exactly.
I only mention that not to sound defensive, but because this is a time consuming, expensive project, or at least it is in our world, and I want you to know what you are getting into.
The Good News
Okay, first the good news for both. It made an immediate positive difference. Both the back deck, which structurally was fine, but had a lot of cracks and weathered areas, and the front porch, which was just “blah”, looked beautiful once they were done. The Behr DeckOver filled the cracks in the deck, but didn’t hide the character of the front porch, which was painted hardwood. We were initially really happy with it.
Behr DeckOver on the Deck
The back deck has not held up well at all. It is very high traffic, primarily how we enter and exit the house. It is also very exposed to the elements. Georgia weather is not forgiving, and the sun is brutal on this deck. The black shows dirt, so we washed the deck pretty frequently. Now, the paint is literally peeling up from the deck in sheets:
The railings are doing much better, but even here, there are a few spots where the paint is coming off:
But overall the railings are doing okay:
Maybe we brought this on ourselves by cleaning the deck so much? We hose it down probably 3-4 times a week, but it’s not like we’re pressure washing.
Behr DeckOver on the Front Porch
Now, the good news. Our covered front porch, which gets much less traffic, still looks brand new! (Don’t judge the front porch- it’s still February!) 🙂
Here are the concrete steps leading to the front porch. The paint on here is still perfect:
The railing- still no issues:
And the porch floor. You can see, obviously, that the light color shows dirt, so like the back deck, I do have to hose this down occasionally, but haven’t had any of the issues that we’ve had on the back. Also, I really like that you can still see the grain of the wood through the DeckOver, but it still covered the rough areas. Really, the front porch area looks fantastic. And it did not look fantastic before the Behr DeckOver.
Oh, we also had to replace some of the fascia of the house, which had some areas in bad shape, and we painted those in the DeckOver as well. All of the fascia is still in perfect condition.
My verdict? If you are using the Behr DeckOver for a weather protected, low traffic area, it will immediately make it look beautiful, and it will be much more likely to last. I wouldn’t recommend it for a high traffic, weather exposed deck.
Edit, 1 and 1/2 years later: the front porch is still holding up well, although there are some areas that are a little more weather exposed that are starting to fade- but it still looks great! The concrete steps, railing, and fascia still look brand new! The back deck still continues to badly peel- we are covering it with a large rug and sanding and touching up the exposed areas until we can figure out a longer term solution.
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