Cost to Refinish Stairs

Updated: July 2017

Stairway Refinishing CalculatorZip Code
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Stair Refinishing Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 2 component, waterborne urethane/acrylic polymer finish. Gloss or satin finish. Non-yellowing. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
129 square feet$55.89$64.30
Stair Refinishing Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to refinish stairs with favorable site conditions. Prep up to 5 hr per 100 SF - remove debris, spot fill and patch level. Remove finish layer by sanding. Apply 2 coats polyurethane finish. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
129 square feet$55.89$64.30
Stair Refinishing Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to refinish stairs including: manufacturer recommended underlayment, fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants.
129 square feet$55.89$64.30
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. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
129 square feet$55.89$64.30
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Refinish Stairs   
Average Cost per Square Foot  

For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 120 square feet, the cost to Refinish Stairs starts at $7.40 - $9.03 per square foot*. Because job specific configurations and options will result in significantly different costs, homewyse uses industry-standard algorithms and professionally screened cost data to create estimates customized to the specific options of YOUR stairway refinishing project. Unlike websites with vendor aggregated costs - which lack details for comparison and verification - homewyse delivers greater accuracy and relevancy, for estimates of cost, material and time to refinish stairs.

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 and Options 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

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments 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 - Unit Price References

Stairway Refinishing - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Stairway Refinishing costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.


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