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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does it cost to stain a deck?

On average, it costs $674 to stain a deck. Expect to pay between 50 cents and $2.50 per square foot for re-staining. Cost factors include the square footage of the deck, the amount of sanding required to prepare it for staining, any repairs that need to be done, the type of stain used and more.

To find out exactly how much it will take to stain your deck, contact several local deck staining professionals and ask for free cost estimates.

Is it better to paint or stain a deck?

There are advantages to both painting and staining your deck. Paint gives you more variety of colors and lets you choose between bright and vibrant or muted and classic. Paint also lasts longer than stain and is much easier to maintain.

The stain has its own set of advantages as well. It’s more natural-looking and friendlier on the wallet. It also brings out the grain of the wood in your deck in a very striking way. Plus, it’s also easier to apply and can be painted over.

Who do I hire to get my deck stained?

You should hire a deck staining professional, company, painter or contractor. Although there are many contractors willing to stain decks — from the deck contractors themselves to painters, handymen and beyond — search online (or through an app like Thumbtack) so you can quickly see the top-rated professionals in your area and read their reviews. Whoever you decide to go with, make sure you also look at photos of stained decks they’ve worked on so you can gauge their quality of work. 

What are the advantages of staining a deck?

Staining a deck comes with a number of advantages, including:

  • It prevents rotting by sealing out moisture, fungus, termites and other agents of decay, making it last longer.
  • It saves it from wear and tear due to solar radiation.
  • Staining your deck protects it against heavy foot traffic — an especially important consideration in areas that are common walking routes or that see lots of scooting chairs.
  • Stain preserves the appearance and natural beauty of wood, bringing out the grain and keeping it colorful and bright through the years.

Talk to a deck staining professional near you to find out if it's time to stain your deck.

How do you prepare a deck for staining?

Preparing a deck for staining requires having the right equipment for the job, as well as being able to spot problem areas. If you do not own the right equipment or do not have sufficient experience to spot potential problems, it’s better to leave this job to a pro (like a professional pressure washing service). 

Make sure you do any preparation, from pressure washing to scrubbing to sanding and repairing, when there is no rain in the forecast. At the very minimum, use a broom and/or a leaf blower to clear your deck of dust and debris.

How do you remove paint from a deck before staining?

Removing paint from a deck in preparation for staining is an important task, as any paint left on the surface will block the stain from soaking into the wood. This will render the stain ineffective and lead to a poor aesthetic appearance. This is why the job is best left to pros who have the tools and experience to remove paint without damaging the deck itself. 

This job requires tools like a pressure washer, grinder, chemical strippers and more. It also requires knowing how to use them skillfully. Contact professional deck staining contractors and companies to see if they can also remove paint from your deck.

How long should you let a deck dry before staining?

It’ll likely take at least 24 hours for your deck to dry after pressure washing it. Wood is naturally absorptive, so you’ll want to make sure it’s dry before a professional applies the stain. 

What are some common types of stains for decks?

There are several main categories of deck stain. The first is clear stains, which are essentially there to seal out water and preserve the wood without adding color to the deck. These can bring out the beauty in your grain, however. The next type (and a popular option) is a semi-transparent stain. They impart some color into the wood for aesthetic purposes. Finally, solid stains coat your deck’s surface like paint. This is the best option if you want to hide imperfections. Talk to a deck staining contractor today to discuss other stain options.

Reviews for Lake Zurich deck staining professionals
Erin S.
I hired Juan after meeting in person to discuss the quote he gave me. He seemed like a wonderful guy, and we discussed my project at length. I have a huge deck in the back and a small deck in the front that needed some serious repainting and staining as the previous owners of my house didn't take care of it at all. Juan joked around with me, and even pointed out some things he said he would replace that I didn't even notice needed replacing (all within the quote). I asked him to please let me know if there were other things that he needed to replace/do before he did it so I can be sure the budget stayed on track. He said of course he would. We talked about me paying half after he came to power wash the decks and then the other half after finishing- we again joked that if anyone asks me to pay upfront, not to hire them cause they'll take off with my money. I appreciated him looking out for me. He came with someone to power wash my very dirty decks. He spent a lot of time taking care to get it all washed off. After it was done, the railings really needed some sanding and he said he would be back to do that another day when the deck was dry. He was patient with me getting my stain-- I had done some SERIOUS research getting the best stain I could get, TWP because it said it would last 3-5 years without needing to be redone. Needless to say it was NOT cheap. Juan said I should get 7 gallons of stain. So that's what I ordered. Fast forward to "Stain Day". I was SO excited because we FINALLY had some days without rain. I had been so very specific when I asked how Juan was going to apply the stain- he said he was going to spray it, and I asked if he would use a roller or a stain pad to back roll the spray because of what I read so that the stain wouldn't pool. I then asked that he covered up my plants and the side of my house (as I read you should do when staining) and he said it would be done. I was at work when Juan came. I got a text late in the day saying that they had run out of stain. I couldn't just run to Home Depot as I had ordered the stain. I was shocked when he said that he would need at least 2 more gallons to finish, and 5 more if I wanted a second coat! He said that the wood was sucking up the stain. Fine. It was in bad shape. I will give him that. And when I got home- everything looked fine, aside from the fact that the deck was not methodically done. It wasn't done in "strips" it was just kind of applied in big chunks. I knew that when the new stain arrived that it wouldn't match up and I would end up with lap marks. It wasn't until a couple days later when it was dry enough to walk on that I realized there was stain EVERYWHERE. All over the side of my house, my gutters, my plants! The spindles and tops of the railings weren't completed, so if the new stain needed to be completed, it would drip on to the deck and create splatter marks. Plus, there was no way to do a second coat because it wasn't done properly, and the stain would cure before the new stain could be delivered. There were sticky puddles of unsaturated stain EVERYWHERE. I am beyond frustrated and so very annoyed that my deck looks like an amateur completed it. I guess I have to do things myself if I want them done properly. I think the worst part might be that I texted Juan to let him know how frustrated I was and he said he would come over because "Everything can be fixed" and he was sad I was disappointed. But it's been several days now and I have yet to hear from him. Check it out for yourself in the attached pictures.
Juan SanchezJuan Sanchez
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