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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.

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 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. 

Reviews for Durham deck staining professionals
Thumbtack Customer
They did a great job staining our deck. Came promptly to give us a quote, completed the job quickly, and the deck looks great. Just in time to weather the hurricane!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Caroline M.
Mallard's Deck staining did a FANTASTIC job cleaning and painting both my bottom floor deck I had built last year and the 15 year old second floor deck. They were responsive and answered all my questions quickly and clearly, come out and did the estimate on the job for free, told me exactly what stain/sealant to buy in whatever color I preferred, were on time and finished the job right on schedule! Fantastic company and service. The budget was VERY reasonable and I am happy to recommend them to my friends who need their decks worked on! Before and after photos of my decks.
Mallard's Deck stainning and commercial cleaningMallard's Deck stainning and commercial cleaning
Corbin P.
Mario and his team sealed and stained my back deck and did a fantastic job! They had clear communication, were on time, were thoughtful to suggest improvements, and did great work. I'd strongly recommend! 👍👍👍
MGR painting and  coatingMGR painting and coating
Amelia L.
Eco Renewal Services was great to work with and did great work. Jeff came out to look at the project (deck staining) before giving me a quote so he could ensure he knew the project and gave me a fair quote, explaining the cost breakdown. Deck looks great and I hope to enjoy it for a few years before needing his services again!
Eco Renewal Services of CaryEco Renewal Services of Cary
Renee M.
Phillip did an amazing job in re-staining our deck. I was particularly impressed with his attention to detail, professionalism and responsiveness in getting the job done right. I would not hesitate in recommending or using his services again. Thanks so much Phillip!
Precision Property ServicesPrecision Property Services
Ellen P.
Akil did a beautiful job staining our deck! I HIGHLY recommend him for his work ethic, dependability, attention to detail and overall value. He performed the job as promised, was not playing loud music and finished quickly. He also kept the worksite neat and clean. I would definitely hire him again!
Mallard's Deck stainning and commercial cleaningMallard's Deck stainning and commercial cleaning
Evan C.
Phillip did a great job on our deck and screen porch. It was a large job and he was able to successfully strip a previously darker color stain in order to apply a lighter color that my wife had picked out. Several other contractors had expressed concerns in their ability to remove the darker color in order to reapply a lighter color stain. Philip was confident in his ability to complete the job and finish with a great looking product. He delivered a great finished product at a reasonable price and I have scheduled him to come back to pressure wash the exterior of the house. Quality workmanship deserves repeat business.
Precision Property ServicesPrecision Property Services
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