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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 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 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.

Reviews for Raleigh deck staining professionals
Kelei X.
I was happy with the deck stain when it was done, but obviously Adam cut some corners. A year after the staining, the deck looks like this. I’d be very wary of hiring of hiring this company if you want good quality work that lasts.
Triangle Exterior SolutionsTriangle Exterior Solutions
Colin C.
Did a fantastic job pressure washing and staining my deck. Would definitely hire again!
ES Painting LLCES Painting LLC
Luis R.
Justice did a great job staining our deck. He was very responsive and the job got done quick.
Justice Custom PaintingJustice Custom Painting
Bryan B.
Great experience. Very prompt and professional. Deck stained and trim painted - very happy with the result. Highly recommend.
Painting SolutionsPainting Solutions
Urszula W.
We used Sawyer Home Service to have our deck + screened porch stained and sealed. We are very happy with the quality of work - it looks beautiful now! Thank you also for the recommendation about the stain color - this stain hue looks amazing and it made our deck amazingly saturated. I really appreciate all your hard work, punctuality and great kindness​. Highly recommended!
Sawyer Home ServicesSawyer Home Services
Joel did an absolutely beautiful job staining my deck. I bought the stain, he applied it. Perfect job, spotless application, all-around nice guy to work with. Highly recommended. Will hire again.
Shannida L.
Project included sanding, staining and sealing our 10 by 14 deck. We choice a oak brown stain. Amazing and clean work done by JAR Painting LLC. We will be choosing them for our future projects. Thanks for everything!
J A R Painting, LLCJ A R Painting, LLC
Haminat O.
Had the pleasure to get my deck stained today and it is beautiful. Great communication with SkyeReach and the quality exceeds my expectations. Would definitely recommend and use again.
SkyeReach Solutions LLCSkyeReach Solutions LLC
It was great to work with Mike. He quoted a fair price for deck cleaning + staining. He also made the process super easy for me by buying the stain and materials needed to do the work. It was easy to communicate with him and the quote + invoicing was done through Square so all online. I would recommend him to anyone and will definitely use him again.
Optimal Painting And Home ImprovementsOptimal Painting And Home Improvements
Thumbtack Customer
Needed deck power washed, old boards replaced, and stained with new steps. Todd came promptly, worked efficiently and professionally and gave good advice as to what was required. He is a great resource. We are very pleased.
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Angela B.
Excellent service Quick turn around Professional Price Point great Mr. Rubio was a pleasure to do business with. He cleaned and stained my deck. I will definitely use his company in the future for other services he offers.
House Renovations, Rehabs, Additions,Decks,Fences,House Renovations, Rehabs, Additions,Decks,Fences,
Tina L.
It was great working with Bobby! He was very responsive and knew exactly what to do with very little needed on my end. We had our BIG deck stained in one workday and it looks beautiful. I will definitely have him back for more projects!
Next Level SolutionsNext Level Solutions
Jessica F.
I highly recommend Oak City Powerwash for anyone who needs their deck restored or refreshed. As soon as I contacted them Augustus came out the next day and gave me a quote to powerwash and re-stain my second story deck. He was easy to work with and always responded quickly. They did an excellent job and were very professional and punctual. I will use them again for future projects.
Oak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy WorkOak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy Work
Doreen K.
We hired Micheal and his team to clean and stain our large and long neglected deck and couldn't be happier! It looks AMAZING! Michael most definitely represents the handful of contractors that still take pride in their work and we will certainly be contacting him for our future projects.
Painting SolutionsPainting Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Todd and his partner were super fast, helpful, and kind. They were able to stain our entire deck in one day. They were able to answer questions and I felt they were 100% honest in all of their answers. The cost was excellent! I will call Todd again for other house projects. Thank you!
Todd McDowellTodd McDowell
Susan F.
I just had my deck stained by Oak City Protech Power Wash. I am so pleased with the job they did, it looks great! Augustus is very friendly and professional. I'm also very impressed with their fast response. I will definitely use them for my next project. Highly recommend!
Oak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy WorkOak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy Work
Sean F.
We are very pleased with our experience with Augustus, Holly, and the team power washing and staining our porch, deck, and retaining walls. The power wash and stain look great. Holly was very communicative and kept us up-to-date on our project. Augustus and team were always punctual and worked very hard to get the job done. The bid was alao very competitive with others we received. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else looking to have similar work done.
Oak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy WorkOak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy Work
Bobby M.
I was very pleased with the job Ernesto and his crew did staining and painting my Mom's deck. Originally I had asked him to just stain, but my mom decided last minute she also wanted to paint the ceiling. He requoted us a good price and let us use his business account so we could get a discount to buy the additional paint. He also painted an extra table and wooden rack with the leftover paint free of charge for my mom which was really nice. He was very professional and his crew did an amazing clean job. I will hire him again and recommend him to my friends for any future staining or painting jobs i may have.
E&P Painting Services LLCE&P Painting Services LLC
Rus S.
Augustus and Jamal did an excellent job with my deck stain project, and they were very responsive to my several texts with questions and concerns. They addressed everything, and their work was done on time. The deck looks beautiful. They were thorough with their estimate, and they let us know exactly what to expect and followed through with it. I have only one minor complaint and one suggestion for them. The complaint is that they were late for power washing due to a previous job running long. They called to let us know they would be a half hour late, but they ended up being a couple of hour late, so better communication there would have helped. The suggestion would be to use tarping underneath the deck when there is a patio below. We don't have anything on the patio, but there were paint splatters on the stone, which they cleaned up, but there is some scour marks on the stone. The good news is that they were very responsive to my concerns, and I would use them again for other projects.
Oak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy WorkOak City Protech Power Wash, Staining & Epoxy Work
Anshul R.
Marc provided a great value. I am happy with the staining, but he promised to return on Wednesday and then Friday, to put items back on the deck. However, he never returned or sought to notify me. Please note, on Mar 6 Marc returned to remove all plastic sheets and apply touch-ups. The second coat was applied on Sunday. After Monday, I've had to pursue him. Marc would respond with a promise to finish the job. Yet, he has still not filled this promise and I have not had any update. Therefore, I gave-up. I am disappointed that he did not finish his work completely. It is reasonable to expect that if you move a grill and table off the deck, you return them in a timely manner; especially if you promise to do it on two separate days. The grass beneath these objects is dying and will leave obvious patches. This carelessness now adds to my cost and time. I feel as if once Marc got paid and received an initial 5-star review, his desire to finish this project vanished and he moved on to another client. As a result of his poor follow-through to complete the very work he agreed to, plus his lack of communication, I decreased him from 5 to 2 stars, because it is now March 11.
Meadows ContractingMeadows Contracting
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