What Does Deck and Fence Staining in Toronto Cost?
Are you considering whether to stain or re-stain your deck or fence this year? Just as wood decks and fences are a cost-effective means of increasing the value and enjoyment of your home, enhancing or maintaining the appearance and longevity of your deck or fence with a quality wood stain makes a lot of sense for most homeowners. Here are four factors which broadly determine the cost of deck and fence staining in Toronto:
- The size of the area to be stained. Because deck and fence staining is a time consuming process involving a series of detailed steps, the total area to be stained (e.g. square feet of deck, linear feet of fence or railing) is a primary determinant of the cost of the project. For example, a larger or multi-level deck will take significantly longer to clean (apply wood cleaner on all areas, scrub, rinse), brighten (using wood brightener in a similar process), and then stain than a smaller or simpler deck design.
- The intricacy or complexity of the areas to be stained. A flat top stockade fence will take less time to stain than a shadowbox fence with upper lattice panels, which would require slower and more detailed brushwork to evenly coat all intricate areas and joints.
- The presence of previous coatings on the wood. To work as intended and provide lasting protection, stain must be absorbed into the surface of the wood. Any coatings present on the wood, such as mill glaze (present on most new lumber) or previously applied paint, sealant, or stain can prevent this absorption and increase the risk of premature coating failure. The “water test” provides a quick check on the porosity of wood – if a few drops of water are absorbed into the wood, it will accept stain. If water drops bead up on the surface, a coating of some kind is present and must be removed prior to staining. This can be as simple as cleaning in the case of mill glaze, or as involved as applying a stripper and/or performing extensive sanding when dealing with multiple layers of old paint or stain.
- The space surrounding the deck or fence. In some cases, the areas directly adjacent to the surfaces to be stained can influence the method of stain application. Many stains can be properly and efficiently applied using a low-pressure spray system, with supporting brushwork for gaps and board ends. This allows a skilled painter to apply an even coating of stain at a fairly rapid pace, which can bring down the cost of larger staining projects. However, spraying requires masking of surrounding surfaces so that any overspray (which can be exacerbated by wind) is caught. When dealing with nearby neighbours, special care or cooperation may be required to ensure that things such as flowerbeds, patios, and vehicles are not inadvertently sprayed. To eliminate the chance of overspray damage in these cases, extensive masking with drop cloths and light plastic can be used, or the help of an assistant who can manage a hand-held shield while the painter applies the stain. In either case, the additional time / labour may negate some of the efficiency of the faster spraying method. Speak with your preferred painting and staining company about the best overall solution for your project.
- Exotic woods – In the case of exotic woods such as walnut, mahogany, ipe, and Brazilian hardwood, extensive and specialized preparation and maintenance is required. If you have or are planning to install a new exotic wood deck or fence, consult your painting and staining company to discuss the specifics of your situation.
Given the above, it can be seen that the specifics regarding the size, design, condition, and siting are the main determinants of the cost of deck or fence staining in Toronto. For the sake of budgetary reference however, below are some illustrative project prices:
- Medium older fence, not previously stained. Application of wood cleaner then brightener, and one-coat of oil-based stain using sprayer, with assistant to mask surrounding areas: $1,900
- New medium single-level deck with 10 steps and simple railings, and a single privacy wall. Application of wood cleaner then brightener, and one coat of roller and brush applied oil-based stain: $2,100
- Medium, older fence with several newer 8’ sections, not previously stained. To minimize the visual impact of the differently aged fence boards, two coats of water-based solid stain applied by sprayer and masked with drop cloths, following cleaning and brightening: $2,400
- Medium, older multi-level deck with several staircases to be re-stained. Some light wood patching, and moderate peeling across areas of the deck surfaces exposed to all-day sun. Light sanding throughout, then two coats of water-based semi-transparent stain applied by roller and brush: $3,600
- Large old fence and gates, and exterior of small pool house with several coats of previous stain and some localized wood damage. Replacement of numerous rotten top boards and lattice sections on fence, then stripping of previous coating with additional sanding where required. Application of two coats of water-based semi-solid stain using sprayer, masked by drop cloths: $5,800
Once you’ve identified the best company in your area and consulted with them regarding your specific staining needs and wants, they will be able to beautify and protect your deck or fence, so you’ll be set for the Great Canadian Backyard Season we’re all looking forward to!
For more information on quality painting in the Toronto area, please review our Interior Painting Pricing Guide and Residential and Commercial Case Studies, and call or book online with the best painters in Toronto for a free, detailed estimate. We would be very pleased to get into the finer details of your project, to help define the best value scope for your budget, and bring your home improvement project to life!