Cost of Staining a Deck
Applying a semi-transparanent or solid color stain to the deck can add consistency
of appearance while protecting the wood from the sun's UV rays. Normal procedure
is that the deck surface first be cleaned (either by pressure washer or by hand)
and then, after let to dry, stain is applied.
Square foot costs for staining the deck can fall below $1.25 per sq. ft. for
a routine clean and stain, on an area roughly larger than 200 square foot that
is standing near ground-level.
But estimates can top $3 per foot when including
stairs, vertical handrails and spindles or if the deck components must be worked
on from levels higher than 6' and particularly 8' step ladders. Also, if
spot treatments are needed such as for mold, mildew or other growth.
Various Deck Staining Prices
- transparent, solid stain and semi transparent stains
and sealers are available from $20 to $45 a gallon. A quality brush, $7 and pump
sprayer, roughly $30 (should be dedicated for this purpose). Roller pole, cage
and nap total about $9.
If a presure washer is called for, then 1/2 day rental usually suffices at around
$45 though these can be purchased at near $300 - though too much pressure can
be detrimental to the wood and can actually 'tear' newer surfaces when
improperly applied and can harm wood that is aged. Additionally, some surfaces
should be cleaned by way of a prescribed method only.
More on cleaning the deck manually
- the above puts many deck staining projects
sized at 150 sq. ft. and under potentially below a $90 sum, or around $0.60 a
foot at best - depending on what is already owned (such as a pump sprayer, and
these do require a thorough cleaning after use). Estimates for the stain need
to include the absoption rate of the wood (the less dense the wood surface,
such as those aged over a period of years, the more stain being absorbed).
Most stains cover approximately 200 sq foot or less and this part of the material
the major portion of what is being calculated.
Deck Staining by Contractors
- most owners of smaller sized decks can
expect to pay in the neighborhood of $225 to $375 for that same size deck. More if the
deck is elevated as a second story balcony or the structure is somewhat angular.
Overall, prices will decrease on a square footage basis mainly due to
setup considerations, and also, as an incentive to secure the project. Larger decks,
done routinely, are the most economical prospect.
More Considerations Yet
- Areas that are packed with debris, such as from fallen pine needles (including pitch), twigs and leaves, often require cleaning by manual removal between the floor slats,
which normally increases the labor costs.
- Any mold, mildew and growth may have to be addressed seperately that again, can bump the quote.
- Efforts required for stripping the prior finish can add substantially to the labor portion of the bill, based on the method.
Clear or transparent type sealers may have discoloration that may need to be brought uniform before completing the staining, depending on circumstances.
- Repairing or replacing any deck members are typically excluded from a 'clean and seal' and may be itemized seperate.