Cost to Paint a Porch Deck

Cost to Paint a Porch Deck

How much does it cost to paint a porch deck? The contractor cost to paint a porch deck is $430 vs. doing it yourself for $75 and saving 83 percent. Adjust the cost with your ZIP Code.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 6.0 DIY 8.0
Money Pro $430 DIY $75
Per Square Foot Cost
Per SF Cost $2.15 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

The porch deck on most older homes is usually the most used entry point in the house so the porch deck or floor receives more than a fair share of heavy foot traffic, as well as a beating from rain, mildew and blistering sunshine. Under those conditions it's no surprise that painting the porch floor or deck is a frequent painting project. A coat of paint will seal and protect the wood while providing a resistant coating to prevent mildew and color fading.

A painting contractor charges $430 to prepare, prime and paint a 200-square-foot porch floor, but you can do the job for $75, the cost of the paint and primer, saving 83 percent. The job takes about four hours. Most of this time will be spent preparing your surface. The project involves removing any loose or chipped paint, sanding the entire surface so that it's smooth, applying a primer, letting it dry and then applying a finish top coat.

If you don't have them, budget more for a pair of knee pads to ease the paint of working on your knees and an electric sander to grind the wood to a smooth and level surface. Use a good bristle brush to outline and cut-in the paint and a heavy nap roller to apply paint on the surface.

Schedule painting a porch deck after it’s been warmed by the sun, but not while it’s in direct sunlight. Under a hot sun, the paint will dry too quickly which can cause distinct brush lines or lap marks and can lead to blistering after it’s dried.

No time to do this job? Find a painting contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right. Click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowers with local prescreened contractors.

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The average price to paint a porch deck noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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