Cost to Paint a Porch Deck – 2021

| Last Updated: November 26, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 430

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 43% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Paint a Porch Deck noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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.

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.

TIP: For faster completion, consider using a paint sprayer--airless, particularly, for larger surfaces. However, this method may require thinning. And remember to mask off areas you don't want to get sprayed!

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.

Be inspired on Pinterest Ideas for Painted Porch Decks.

The average price to paint a porch deck noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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