After years of neglect and exposure to the elements, wooden decks start to show their age. In some parts of the country, homeowners may contemplate replacement just eight to 10 years after the installation. Fortunately, most decks can be restored to their former glory as long as the joists and foundation piers are structurally sound.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$2.88||$6.44|
|Range for this type of project:||$343||$766|
Deck Refinishing Cost
Complete cost of oil-based, semi-transparent stain with integral sealer for a durable, natural finish. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect coverage and occasional touch-ups.
Deck Refinishing Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Loose or peeling finish will be removed with light scraping (up to 2 hours per 1000 SF). Two coats of stain will be applied. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Deck Refinishing Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including masking tape and paper, materials for surface repair, solvents, and cleanup supplies.
Deck Refinishing Equipment Allowance
Daily rental of specialty equipment for maximum quality and efficiency. These include 3,000-plus PSI, 4 GPM, gasoline-fueled power washer. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Option: Deep Wash Deck
Surface will be swept clear of solid dirt and debris, and cleaner applied with light brushing. Deck surface will be thoroughly power-washed and rinsed.
|cost to refinish a deck|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$0.57|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$1,257.52|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$758.71 - $1,756.33|
Before undertaking a refinishing project, carpenters assess the decking and support structure to determine which components can remain in place and which might need to be replaced. Aesthetic issues can generally be corrected with cleaning agents and several coats of stain. Minor details, such as loose nails, can be solved easily. However, if the boards have rotted or been damaged by pests, replacement is the only option.
According to This Old House, refinishing costs about 65 percent less than a complete restoration. The condition of the deck and the extent of refurbishment that's required have the greatest influence on the cost. Most jobs involve replacing rotted or warped boards, installing new fasteners and adding updated railings and stairs. If the boards have been damaged by water or pests or if large sections of decking need replacement, this will add to the cost of materials and labor. In many cases, weathered lumber requires several coats of stain or sealer, which increases the completion time.
Before repairing or refinishing the deck, have a carpenter inspect the structure and determine the best course of action. Professionals know what works and what doesn't. They also have experience using different products and refinishing techniques to produce optimal results on a variety of common decking materials. By seeking a contractor's advice, homeowners are more likely to be satisfied with the project's outcome.