How much does deck staining cost?

National average: $385


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The average cost for a deck stainer is $385. You are likely to spend between $230 and $630 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Most wooden decks need to be re-stained every couple years to prevent fading and moisture penetration. Homeowners can re-stain a deck themselves, but it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Depending on the size of the deck, it can take days to do it right. Deck maintenance companies are experts in deck cleaning, staining and sealing. Most companies will want to see a deck before giving an estimate to re-stain it. Cost factors involve square footage, the level of sanding required, type of stain used and more.

Square footage

Most contractors charge by the square foot. Average prices to re-stain a deck range from 50 cents to $2.50 per square foot. It will cost more to also have the underside of the deck stained. Some contractors will include sealing the deck in their quote, but some don’t—be sure to make sure. Rails and spindles can also be sanded or washed, stained and sealed, usually for a separate cost.


Contractors generally clean every deck before re-staining it, usually by power washing. The deck must sit for 24 hours until it’s completely dry before staining can begin. Some contractors include power washing services separately, and some include it in their overall quote. In addition, some contractors use a special wood cleaning solution, which could be charged as an add-on or considered part of the overall quote.

Type of stain

The higher-quality the stain that the contractor uses, the higher the overall cost. Clear stains can work for decks that are in great shape, but solid color stains help conceal the flaws in an older deck. If old stain needs to be removed, the cost will be higher.

Surface material

Contractors’ prices vary depending on the type of material used to build the deck. Common materials include cedar, pine, redwood, vinyl and composite.


Decks that haven’t been maintained well often require a power sanding before the stain and seal. Power sanding costs more than the light sanding that is generally required when a deck is re-stained.


If a deck has damage such as rotted or decaying wood, the contractor might suggest a separate price for repairs.

Moving furniture

Some companies will move furniture and include the cost of labor in the overall price. Others ask customers to move furniture before workers arrive.

Cost-saving strategies

Deck stainers are usually busiest in the spring; consider having your deck stained in the fall. Also consider moving your own deck furniture in advance of the deck stainers’ visit if you don’t want to pay for this service.

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Recent reviews

WoodTeks LLC

Jason and his crew did a phenomenal job on my deck. At first Jason was very upfront that he may come in with a higher quote than others, and he was right. But, we are talking about only a fraction higher, plus he was willing to do more work and more detail for the price than any of the other crews that quoted the project. Jason's knowledge and willingness to take the time to explain each procedure from the preparation to the maintenance plan was really impressive and appreciated. Finally, his communication while dealing with inclemant weather was really helpful and I knew exactly when he and his crew would be there working on the job. I highly recommend WoodTeks for any staining job, if you want the job done the right way.

All Purpose Pressure Washing, LLC

Jeff provided a very competitive price backed by his years of experience pressure washing and staining decks. He did an excellent job on our deck.

JKM Contractors & Consulting Inc.

Jim did an amazing job staining our deck! Hardworking and dedicated, he got the project done in a timely manner and affordable cost! Will most definitely be using his services again, highly recommend!!!