Paint or stain sidewalk? | Just Ask Jan

Paint or stain sidewalk? | Just Ask Jan

Dear Jan: We are getting our home ready for the market. Our sidewalk is looking bad. Should we paint it or stain it? KS

Dear KS: Giving your sidewalk a “facelift” would be nice as first impressions are so important. However, please be sure to do the research to make sure the job is done right so that you don’t end up making things worse. I’ve been told that the products have really changed the past few years. Previously one had to worry about paint peeling and chipping, not so with today’s products. Paint and stains are going to give two different looks. Paint will cover the sidewalk where stain will most likely be see-through. Some paints require primers. Some stains require sealers. As you can see, no pun intended, there are pros and cons to each product. Talk to your paint/stain expert. It is important to let the sales person know if you are going to do this project yourself or have a professional do it. They may recommend one product over another for DIYers. Please remember preparation of the sidewalk is an important step in this process. I’d love to hear what you choose and why.

Best wishes, Jan

— Jan Zufelt is a broker for John L. Scott Real Estate in Kingston. Contact her at 360-620-2383 or

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