Staining a deck can add a lot of life back into a worn space, and without a huge expense. In fact, even with the prep work and finishing required, deck staining is actually rather affordable. The exact cost of deck staining will vary based on the size of the deck in question, whether you are sealing or waterproofing with the stain, and how much sanding is required prior to applying the new coat of stain.
Deck staining: by deck size, total cost
|200 square feet||$500|
|500 square feet||$800|
|1,000 square feet||$1,100|
The table below breaks down the average cost of deck staining with costs listed per square foot unless stated. To find an estimated project total based on these averages, multiply the square footage of your deck by the total project cost.
|Stain: Per gallon, about 250 square feet of coverage||$30|
|Power sanding, stain, and seal||$2-$4 per square foot|
|Light sanding, stain, seal (for decks in better condition)||$1.50-$3.00 per square foot|
|Power Washing||$0.15 per square foot|
|Rails, spindles, gates, etc.||$4 per linear foot|
Other considerations and costs
- Staining should be done in combination with some type of sealing or waterproofing, not instead of it. Plan to have both treatments done at the same time in order to save on labor costs and avoid damage to the wood.
- If you are hiring a contractor, you will need to compare the hourly rates and overall estimates that you get to find the right person for the job. Make sure that you have them perform a visual estimate so that your costs are as close to exact as possible.
- Some companies may charge a premium or separate charge for staining rails, spindles, and other details on your deck. This is where a visual estimate comes in handy, because, otherwise, they might not tell you about these additional charges until they show up to do the job.
- Deck staining can be done by someone with basic handy skills, so long as all the steps in the process are followed accordingly. Keep in mind that if you choose to do the work yourself, you will need to consider possible equipment rentals, such as a power-washer to prep the surface, as well as rollers, stain, and other material costs. You won’t, however, have to pay for labor.
- There is a difference between sealing or staining your deck. Waterproofing is an additional step, as well. Make sure that you know what each does and which step you are actually looking to complete.
- While you can do this project on your own, note that it can be very time-consuming for DIY projects.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.