The average deck refinishing cost ranges from $3 to $6.80 per square foot. A standard 200-square-foot deck could cost $600 to $1,360 or an average of $975. However, there are many other factors that can influence the total cost of refinishing a deck, such as labor, materials, deck condition, location, and more.
At Krueger Brothers Construction, we’re here to help you refinish, restore, and resurface your existing deck. Our number one goal is to provide you with a beautiful outdoor space that is not only equipped for Colorado weather but also allows you to spend time with your loved ones.
Here, you’ll find everything you need to know regarding the cost of refinishing your deck. We’ll also give you helpful tips on how to save money to make sure you get the best price.
Average Cost to Refinish a Deck Per Square Foot
The average deck refinishing cost is between $3 and $6 per square foot. Though there are a number of other factors that may influence the cost, the size of your deck is one of the most important. Ultimately, the larger the deck, the higher the cost.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the average cost, per square foot.
Check out this chart for an estimate of how much your deck will cost:
Labor Cost to Build a Deck
Usually, the cost of labor falls between $10 and $30 per square foot. Remember, that’s just the cost of building the deck — it doesn’t include the price of your decking materials! Generally, labor accounts for about half of the total cost of a decking project.
The precise amount you’ll pay for labor depends largely on four factors: decking materials, deck type, home location, and terrain. Though we’ll explore these more thoroughly later, let’s take a quick look at how each factor affects labor costs.
- Materials: A popular material like pressure-treated cedar is easy for professionals to handle. On the other hand, exotic wood like ipe or Brazilian Tigerwood will push the price of labor toward the higher end.
- Type of Deck: From spectacular multi-tier decks to stylish rooftop decks, Krueger Brothers has experience with every deck type — so we know what it takes to get the job done. A complex decking project requires extensive planning and perfect execution, so it’ll come with a higher labor cost than a simple backyard deck.
- Location: Different cities have different labor markets. Homeowners in Denver will likely pay a different rate than folks in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, or Pueblo.
- Terrain: An expert deck builder considers factors like soil density, slope, and frost depth when preparing for installation. If the ground around your home is rugged and uneven, you can expect to pay a premium for the added labor.
Factors That Influence Refinishing Costs
While the square footage of your deck is a great way to get a rough idea of how much you’ll be expected to pay, it’s just the beginning. There are other factors that can influence that final cost, including the starting condition of your deck, the type of finish you are looking for, labor expenses, and the location. Now, let’s take a deeper look at each of these factors and how they really influence your overall cost!
Condition of The Deck
Take a look at the overall condition of your deck. Is it still in good standing or does it require any maintenance or repairs? Have you been keeping up with the cleaning, sealing, and other aspects of deck care?
Once you determine what type of condition your deck is in, you’ll want to consider whether any of the following items are tasks that can be completed by you or if they require professional attention. While some of these tasks may seem like a simple DIY, you may want to consult with an expert.
For example, a simple power washing of your deck may seem like an easy task. However, if you’re not careful, you could easily splinter the material or cause more damage that could then increase the overall cost of repairs. While some structural repairs may feel time consuming and pricey, they are absolutely necessary to refinish your deck.
In order to choose the best finish for your deck, you need to consider the material that your deck is made from. Selecting a stain that best suits your deck’s needs is crucial so that it is easy to maintain once your project is completed. The material and finish of your deck should protect it from sunlight (which we have a lot of here in Colorado), harsh weather, normal wear and tear, and more.
You’ll also want to consider the type of maintenance each of these finishes may require. Oil-based stains are more durable and can sink deeper into the material of your deck. However, they take more time to dry and can darken over time. Water-based stains are easier to apply but they require more maintenance and aren’t as durable as oil-based stains. Depending on your lifestyle and the time of year that you’re looking to refinish your deck, these are important aspects to think about when selecting a finish.
Labor is another major factor when it comes to determining cost. Typically, the cost of labor ranges from $10 to $30 per square foot. Labor can also account for about half of the total cost of your decking project.
The labor costs depend on the terrain surrounding your home,, the materials being used, the type of refinish on your deck, and your location. In order to give you the best idea when it comes to labor costs, connect with us directly to get a free estimate.
It’s important to account for the shifting labor market in your specific city, as well as any costs associated with travel and transportation of materials. Due to differences in the workforce, availability of supplies, and building demand, a custom decking project in Denver might cost substantially more than the exact same project in Pueblo!
While Krueger Brothers Construction is a Colorado Springs exterior contractor, we serve many areas just outside of the Springs as well. We pride ourselves on face-to-face connection and want to make sure that we are providing you with the best of the best no matter what location you are in.
Deck Refinishing vs Restoration vs Resurfacing
When looking to refinish your deck, you may see terms such as “restoration” and “resurfacing” being thrown around with the same demeanor. Let’s take a look at these specific terms and how they differ from each other.
Deck refinishing involves the tasks of repairing, sanding, deep cleaning, and staining a wooden deck. If your materials have lost their natural appearance over time due to weather exposure and normal wear and tear, refinishing can help your deck maintain its shine and appearance. While mold, mildew, and moisture aren’t as much of a concern here in Colorado, the sun and dry climate can cause your deck to fade in color.
Deck refinishing costs primarily depend on the size of the deck you are covering. You should expect to pay between $300 and $2,000, depending on square footage, condition, material, and labor.
Deck restoration can also be considered deck maintenance. These are tasks that are done to repair and protect the deck. Some steps to restoring a deck can be:
- Stain removal
- Inspection and repair
Depending on the severity of the restoration and repairs that are needed, you may require a professional deck service or you may be able to do it yourself. For certain types of projects, such as sanding, you will need specific tools that you can purchase or rent from various home improvement companies. When it comes to the cost, labor and materials are going to be the biggest components for determining the total amount.
Deck resurfacing is the process of replacing the deck boards, railings, and existing frame or foundation of the deck. You might choose to resurface your deck if:
- Your deck is weathered and worn, or hasn’t been maintained properly.
- The features of your deck (staircases, railings, etc.) are in need of repair.
- Your deck is being redone to match your aesthetic preferences (color, texture, style of finish, etc.).
The cost of deck resurfacing can vary based on the number of boards that need to be replaced along with the material that is being used. Typically, resurfacing your deck or replacing its boards averages about $1,000.
Tips to Save Money When Refinishing Your Deck
There are several ways that you can save money when searching for high-quality deck services. Here are some of the most common:
- Look for holiday deals or promotions throughout the year.
- Build during the “off-season” or winter time.
- Get quotes from multiple contractors.
Here at Krueger Brothers Construction, we offer financing on all outdoor services. We understand that home projects can be stressful, especially when it comes to the price. Our financing services help give you peace of mind and make the payment process go as smoothly as possible. For more information about our financing options, reach out for a free consultation call!
DIY Costs vs Hiring a Professional
DIY-ing it may be an option, hiring professional services is always the safest bet. These types of projects, if done incorrectly, can cause additional damage that can only be taken care of by skilled craftsmen — not to mention the additional time, effort, and cost of reversing this damage!
If you’re not an experienced outdoor builder, Krueger Brothers Construction is here to help. We have years of industry experience and can ensure that your deck is refinished with skill and precision.
DECK REFINISHING FAQ’S
How often should a deck be refinished?
We recommend that a deck be refinished every two to three years!
What factors affect the cost of deck refinishing?
Labor, materials, and any repair that needs to be done can affect the final cost. Your location and time of year may also have an impact on the price.
What is the average cost of deck refinishing in Colorado?
The average cost can range from $600 to $1,360, not including labor or materials.
What should I look for when hiring a contractor for deck refinishing?
You should look for a company that is licensed, insured, and has plenty of experience building in Colorado. Krueger Brothers Construction has years of industry experience, and we’re always eager to showcase our past work.
Can I refinish my deck on my own or do I need to hire a contractor?
Hiring someone with professional experience can help you avoid any potential damage that can be done when you DIY a project. Refinishing a deck on your own is a huge project, and if not done correctly it can cost you even more money and time to correct it. Hiring a contractor is the best way to guarantee that the job is done right the first time.
Are there any cost-effective materials for deck refinishing?
Pressure-treated lumber can be cost effective. However, depending on the needs of your deck you may want to speak with an expert to make sure you are using the right type of material.
How does the location and accessibility of my deck affect the cost of refinishing?
Different cities have different labor markets. The condition and accessibility of your deck can also affect the cost. If your deck is in need of extensive repairs, this will add on to the final cost.
Can I schedule deck refinishing during the off-season to save money?
Yes! Deck work during the “off-season” or winter time can be a great way to save money and guarantee availability. Be sure to check for any holiday or off-season discounts that may be available too!
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As a Colorado family-owned business, we understand the ins and outs of deck construction that are specific to our beautiful state. Our work will be able to stand the test of time through sun, snow, and everything in between!
Whether you have an upcoming deck project and are ready to get started or just want a free estimate, connect with us directly. We can discuss everything from cost, materials, financing and more!
Last Modified on 02 March 2023