How To Repair A Deck

How enjoyable is it to relax out on your wooden deck, breathe in the fresh air, and sip on your favourite beverage? But are you noticing your deck is in need of some TLC? Repairing a deck yourself requires some careful planning, so read on to plan for costs, get some deck repair tips, and learn how wood filler can be your best friend while you repair a wooden deck.

Planning to Repair A Deck Costs

 Whether you have a small or a large repair, you can consider the cost of the different types of wood you will be using to repair your deck with.

• Typically, pressure-treated wood can range around $0.75 and $1.50 per linear foot.

• Cedar and redwood can range around $1.25 and $2.00+ per linear foot.


You’ll need to consider the cost of materials for deck repair as well


Aim to spend between $20 to $200 on stain and supplies. This will also depend on the size of the wooden deck you need to repair and how much damage there is.

• If you need a pressure washer you can either borrow from a friend or neighbour to help cut costs or you can rent one for around $40 to $100. It will help if you already own one but if you buy one you’ll probably spend close to $300+.

• As for the cost of supplies like tools, you could spend anywhere from $10 – $200. Depending on how many tools you already own or how many tools you can get your hands on without buying them. It is not recommended to borrow these tools in case they break or aren’t in the best shape. You’ll only waste time running around trying to replace them.

• Your time costs money too. Aim to spend an entire weekend repairing a deck. Of course, it may not take you this long, but two days give you enough time to carefully make any repairs. Search for signs of damage that will need repairs in the near future. And do any last-minute running around you may need to do. Just remember that even though repairing a deck yourself can be rewarding, it can also be time-consuming.

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Deck Repair Tips

Painter Repairing Deck

• Always look for visible damage. If you see loose railings, or any nails popping up from the boards you should replace the nails with screws and fix the loose railings to make sure safety is not compromised.

• Before you start repairing a deck, you should clean the surface thoroughly. So, how to clean wood decks? Either pressure washes it or scrubs it down with a cleaner safe for the wood on your deck. You can use bleach and water to rid of any mildew.

• Using a deck stain is not always necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to prolong the life of your deck and keep enjoying those relaxing days out on the deck! To learn more about How to Stain Your Deck, check out our guide to give you some deck ideas and inspiration.

• If you need to replace any of the boards and the old boards were rotten, cover the ground with plastic and paint all exposed wood with a wood preservative.

Using a Wood Filler to Repair A Deck

• Using wood filler is extremely beneficial when you are trying to repair your deck. Epoxy wood fillers are your best choice. They are available in two parts and can be shaped and moulded. This wood filler is can be used practically anywhere! And the best part? The durability of epoxy wood filler means that it will keep its hold throughout the harsh weather changes which are perfect for the Toronto area! 

Exterior Deck Staining

Now that you know how to deck repair, and DIY, it’s time to get started! But what if you would prefer not to try this project on your own? You can always call handyman deck repair who can take care of everything for you!

But, how much does it cost to hire professional deck staining and repair in Toronto? Here’s the breakdown:

• Small to medium deck staining job: $1,600 to $2,200 + HST

• Medium to large deck staining job: $2,200 to $3,000 + HST

• Large to XL deck staining job: $3,000 to $5,000 + HST

The above deck repair costs are estimates based on experience, material costs, and overhead expenses. The price of a deck repair job will differ depending on the size of your deck, and the materials used.

Exterior Deck Staining By Home Painters Toronto
Deck Staining By Home Painters Toronto
Exterior Deck Staining By Home Painters Toronto
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Hopefully, you gained enough insight on how to repair a deck with these tips and guidelines and you’re all ready to begin on this project! But, if your time is too valuable, Home Painters Toronto will gladly do it for you! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 for a free deck repair cost estimate. And don’t forget to follow us on all our social channels below as well!