You may choose to paint a fence if you prefer it over staining, but paint is much more vulnerable to cracking and peeling. You’ll also need to scrape off the old paint and prep the fence before applying a fresh coat of paint. Staining a fence lasts longer since it won’t peel or crack. It also requires less prep work than painting. You can choose to stain your fence with a clearcoat or pick a different color to change the look. While staining a fence may cost you more upfront, it will cost you less over the long term.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$0.85||$2.03|
|Range for this type of project:||$255||$608|
Fence Staining Cost
Cost of residential-grade, oil-based, semi-transparent stain. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect coverage and occasional touch-ups.
Fence Staining 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). Even coat 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.
Fence Staining Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including masking tape and paper, materials for surface repair, solvents, and cleanup supplies.
Option: Power Wash Fence
Surface will be swept clear of solid dirt and debris, and cleaner applied with light brushing. One side of fence surface will be thoroughly power-washed and rinsed.
|cost to stain a fence|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$0.55|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$424.57|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$250.50 - $598.65|
The cost to stain a fence depends on the size or how many linear feet you need to cover. If you’re applying more than one coat of stain, then your material costs will be higher. Choosing to hire a professional to stain your fence instead of going the DIY route will also increase the total cost.
Perhaps the biggest factor impacting the cost to stain a fence is the total height and length. Larger, longer, and taller fences will require more labor and more stain and other materials to complete the job. A larger fence takes more time to stain, so hiring a professional will cost you more than if you were to stain it yourself. To ensure that you’re getting the most accurate estimated cost, take careful measurements of the height and length of your fence before you shop around. You can choose to stain one section at a time if you’re staining your fence on a budget.
How you choose to apply the stain to your fence can also impact the total cost. Using a paint sprayer gets the job done faster, which means you’ll likely pay less for labor than you would if you used paintbrushes or rollers. You can also choose to rent an airless sprayer if you want to stain your fence yourself. Brushes and rollers cost less to purchase, but they do take more time to use than a sprayer.
The labor cost to stain a fence depends on a few factors. First, it may depend on how the contractor charges you for their work. The company may charge you per linear foot or per square foot of surface area, so make sure that you get multiple bids and estimates for your project to do a side-by-side comparison. How tight the labor market is (how high the demand is), the season, and the experience level of the professional you hire also impact the total labor costs.
Before you stain your fence, prepare the wood by stripping any old stain or paint off and sanding the surface first. Use a stiff-bristle brush to help you loosen old varnish, then gently wipe any excess debris away with a towel or cloth. If you’re staining a brand-new fence, make sure the stain will penetrate the wood by spraying a small section with a garden hose.
If you notice water beads forming, lightly sand the area and see if water penetrates it. If it does, your new fence should be able to easily absorb the new stain. Clean your fence with water using a garden hose on the highest pressure setting to remove any leftover dirt and debris. Allow the fence to dry completely before applying the stain.
Staining is a better choice if your goal is to protect your fence from the elements. While paint can protect a wooden fence, it’s also prone to cracking and peeling over time, leaving your fence vulnerable to water damage. You’ll need to reapply a fresh coat of stain every three to five years, and you’ll need to repaint your fence every five to six years or more often if it starts to show signs of wear. Stain tends to hold up better in terms of aesthetics when it comes to standard wear and tear. Most stain costs less per gallon than paint, but your total costs will vary depending on the factors mentioned above.
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