Cost to Refinish Stairs

Updated: August 2015

Stairway Refinishing Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Stair Refinishing Cost
Non-discounted retail cost for basic grade wood floor coating. Quantity includes typical waste overage, sufficient material for future repairs and delivery within 25 miles
129 square feet$52.14$59.99
Stair Refinishing Labor
Direct labor to refinish stairs. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
11.8 hours$644.43$925.74
Stair Refinishing Job Materials and Supplies
Cost of supplies that may be required to refinish stairs including: manufacturer recommended underlayment, fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants.
120 Square Feet$45.00$45.00
Stair Refinishing Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 2+ hp 1800 rpm drum style floor sander; 1 hp 2800 rpm wood floor edger.
 $41.25$63.75

Totals - Cost to Refinish Stairs - 120 Square Feet $782.82$1,094.48
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $6.52$9.12

Get an INSTANT estimate of the cost to Refinish Stairs! Our free calculator uses recent, trusted data to estimate costs for your Stairway Refinishing project. For a basic 120 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Refinish Stairs ranges between $6.52 - $9.12 per square foot* .

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


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Cost to Refinish Stairs - Notes and General Information

Homewyse cost estimates are "ballpark" ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Stairway Refinishing, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Stairway Refinishing jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Stairway Refinishing. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Refinish Stairs - References


Stairway Refinishing - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the high end of the estimated price range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects. Hire carefully, only after verifying prior work quality.

For the best value on Stairway Refinishing: combine related projects; get bids from several pros; and be flexible about project scheduling.


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