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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.

How often should you treat a wood deck?

The general rule of thumb is to stain a deck every one to three years. If if you haven’t treated your deck in over three years, contact a few deck staining companies to request a free estimate and schedule an appointment

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 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.

How long should you wait before staining a new deck?

Pressure-treated wood typically has a lot of moisture, and you’ll need to wait until your deck is dry before applying a stain. This may take a couple of weeks. The weather and climate in your local area will also dictate when you should stain your deck. When in doubt, ask a local deck staining professional to inspect your deck and confirm if now is the right time to apply a stain.

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.

Reviews for Minneapolis deck staining professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Deck Staining
Vector Services LLC Painting DivisionVector Services LLC Painting Division
Tara W.
Mike was so responsive and completely delivered on our deck staining!
Mike Mader PaintingMike Mader Painting
Erika A.
They did a fabulous job power washing, sanding and staining our deck. I will definitely use again.
Corral services llcCorral services llc
Christine N.
Don is great! Helpful, honest and he did a great job repairing and staining our deck and furniture.
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Lindsay S.
Amazing work! kept us in the loop throughout the project and completed it timely. We love our deck and would recommend him to anyone needed their deck sanded and stained. It looks amazing!
Troy B.
They did a great job cleaning and staining my deck. I will use them again next time for sure.
Carl's Interior PaintingCarl's Interior Painting
Beth H.
We hired Don to stain our deck and we are so happy with the results! The price was fair, communication was clear, and the deck looks great. I would definitely recommend WD Home Repairs.
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Linda N.
With challenging weather affecting the ability to get my deck stained, Carl’s painting did a great job of keeping me informed of when the work could get done. Deck looks great now!
Carl's Interior PaintingCarl's Interior Painting
Divya P.
They finished our Deck Staining project yesterday and it turned out to be great. Excellent communication and did the job in a very timely manner!
Vector Services LLC Painting DivisionVector Services LLC Painting Division
Thumbtack Customer
Don put in a new fence post and stained the deck. He was very efficient and did an excellent job. Would recommend him!
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Thumbtack Customer
We needed our deck stained and Greg did an amazing job. Great attention to detail and extremely friendly. Very reasonably price and easy to communicate with
Gigantous Services LLC/ Dba Carlson InteriorsGigantous Services LLC/ Dba Carlson Interiors
Lyndsay L.
Raul did a beautiful job cleaning and staining our deck and fence. He was responsive to our questions and was by far the most reasonable quote we received for the project. Hire him!
Corral services llcCorral services llc
Thumbtack Customer
He was on time, came one day and power washed everything on time. The second day he sanded it clear, and stained it. On the third day he made it look like a new deck. Donald was smart, neat and did admirable work. I have a really nice deck now.
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Sarah S.
Tom and his team did an excellent job power washing and staining my deck and painting my outdoor trim work and service door. Tom was very reliable and great to work with!
Perspective Decor LLCPerspective Decor LLC
Kelly H.
Had a great experience with this crew. They conquered a large staining project! Fence, large deck, 2 pergolas and trellis. Awesome work guys! Thank you. Looking to have them back in a year or 2 for another coat.
Duraplus Topcoat Painting Inc.Duraplus Topcoat Painting Inc.
Sarah N.
Don did a great job repairing and staining my deck. We discussed the work, he made informed recommendations and exceeded my expectations with the work that he performed. I would both recommend his work to others and would hire Don again.
WD Home RepairsWD Home Repairs
Isaac W.
Eloy and his team are top notch. The communication was great, the work was very detailed, and the approach to a high level of customer service was awesome. They power washed, cleaned, sanded, and applied two layers of stain to the deck and railings with great precision. Very impressed by the quality of the work and a price point that reflects the workmanship. Would hire again for my next painting project.
All Star PaintersAll Star Painters
Ben J.
After contacting Thomas for an estimate we asked about his license information. He never provided it, stopped responding, and in his profile does not disclose any license information. It's illegal in MN to work or hire someone without a valid license. We hired someone similar to Thomas in 2018 to stain our deck, and we ended up having to redo it ourselves with no legal recourse to recoup our lost funds. Buyer beware.
The Guru Guys Home Services LLCThe Guru Guys Home Services LLC
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