Home Services Guidelines and Best Practices

Deck Staining

Deck Staining guidelines, FAQs and unit pricing information

January 2014

Are you looking for independent, trustworthy advice about Deck Staining? Do you need to understand common installation options? If your project calls for Deck Staining work, the following guidelines and best practices will help you understand: Is a subcontractor really necessary for Deck Staining work? Will a permit be required? What are common problem areas? How much will Deck Staining labor cost? What are the important Deck Staining quality checks that should be included in the work requirements?

Deck Staining - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fair price for Deck Staining?Costs vary with project size, job quality and time of year. For typical Deck Staining expect to pay between $1.75 to $2.50 per square foot. Additional fees are typically charged for small projects or rush jobs.
Is a permit needed for Deck Staining work?Design approval and permits from your local building authority are usually not required for Deck Staining. If your home is subject to homeowner association covenants, you should verify that the Deck Staining complies with association guidelines.
Is it worth using a professional to perform Deck Staining work?The appearance, useful life and required maintenance for the deck staining may be affected by poor installation techniques and inexperience. To minimize risks with Deck Staining, hire service providers carefully and always tie payment milestones to appropriate quality checks (use the list below).
Is Deck Staining something that I can do myself?Most of the Deck Staining project can be completed by a moderately experienced do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Deck Staining requires attention to detail and careful planning.
How many days are typically required to complete the Deck Staining work?This work can be completed in 1 to 2 days.

Deck Staining - Options, Quality Checks and Important Details

Use the list below to document your expectations for level of detail and finish quality for Deck Staining. Make sure that relevant information is included in any written contracts or work orders on your project. Before any Deck Staining work begins, review the checklist with the service provider. Tie payments to satisfactory completion of this checklist.

Deck Staining - Work Milestones and Project Reminders

The following list summarizes work tasks commonly performed during Deck Staining. These tasks help ensure proper completion of the deck staining work and compliance with common manufacturer and vendor warranty requirements. Make sure that either you or your service provider takes responsibility for each of these tasks. All service provider task responsiblities should be clearly called out in the written contract or work orders.



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