The cost to stain a fence can vary because of a few factors. Hiring a professional or DIY? Quality of the stain? Quality of your materials?
A good guideline to use to estimate the cost to stain a fence is between $500 and $1,100, depending on the size of your fence and what type of stain you decide to use
Typically, stains come in 1-gallon cans and provide around 200 to 300 square feet of coverage, depending on the thickness and quality of the stain. It is good to estimate 250 ft of coverage per 1-gallon can. The price of the stain you choose can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including brand, quality, and performance.You can get away with spending $20 a gallon on low grade stain and at the other end of the spectrum, high-grade stain can cost $120 per gallon or more. Other materials that may be needed include tape and paint brushes. These materials are usually cost-effective, but you want to use good quality materials.
Other aspects to consider if you’re looking to hire a professional is that they will take the time to repair any damage to your fence before staining it, they’ll use the best quality products that will give you the best final product, and they will leave you with an outstanding paint or stain job. These estimates are just that, estimates. We always recommend getting a couple of quotes from top rated professionals so you have a more concrete idea because there are other factors that we can’t anticipate in this blog post.
If you decide to stain a fence as a DIY project, here are few things to keep in mind:
- Materials will likely cost between $20 and $250, depending on the stain you choose and size of your fence’s surface area.
- You will have to strip the fence to start with, so be prepared to spend a couple days on this project, perhaps dedicate a weekend to it (one you know it won’t be raining).
- Sand the wood completely and then spray the wood with a power or pressure washer. You might need to hire a professional to power wash, as there is a risk of personal injury involved with using this equipment, and if you’re inexperienced you should consider this. Allow the fence to sit for 1-2 days to dry completely.
- Never apply a stain when it’s very hot outside or extremely cold, because the heat will cause it to dry too fast and the wood will crack or peel and the cold will prevent it from drying properly. Springtime is the best time to take on a project like this because it’s not too hot and not too cold, and there’s not such a severe difference in the day to night temperature.
There are many benefits as to why you should stain a fence. Staining will help protect your investment. It protects wood against mold, mildew, and age. As we’ve said in other posts, preventative maintenance is key, so pay attention to the health of your fence, and fix problems as they arise before they become worse.
Staining your fence also adds value and curb appeal to your home. Potential home buyers will appreciate the effort and care you’ve put into your home, and it will show when they view your home if you are considering selling.
Staining also helps protect the wood of your fence from sun damage, and we know how hot and bright Toronto summers can be. Book your fence staining project for spring and have your fence protected and ready to go before summer comes around.
Inside or outside, we at Home Painters Toronto strive to be a full-service painting and renovation contractor. We’ll do it all. When it comes to the exterior of their home, carpentry and wood repair are services that many clients were delighted we offer.
Juggling many different handymen and contractors for one job can be difficult. We don’t want you to have to find two or three people to do one small job! At Home Painters Toronto we take care of your needs. We will tackle small or large size jobs, have it done on time, and done right the first time!
If you’re looking to hire a professional to help install, paint or repair your fence, then why not call Home Painters Toronto? We’ll get it done right! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com. We are always willing to answer any questions you may have about how to stain a fence and how much it costs.