Cost to refinish your staircase

Posted on July 31, 2021 Categories:

Staircases are often a focal point in the home. Unfortunately, they also withstand a lot of foot traffic, which can cause wear and tear over time. Refinishing your worn-out stairs will improve aesthetics and help your home maintain its value.

When you hire stair painters to refinish your staircase, you can change the look of the treads, risers, as well as railing, and all its components. Of course, there are many options when it comes to painting and staining stairs. A professional painting company like Platinum Pro Painters can help you choose a new look for your staircase that will match the rest of your home’s design.

What are the benefits of refinishing the staircase?

Wear and tear on your stairs is inevitable. Painting or staining your stairway will help improve the overall visual appeal of your home. It’s essential to maintain your home properly. Not only will it make your home more enjoyable for you and your family, but it will ensure it maintain or even increases its value.

A damaged stairway could be a safety hazard. Rotten or cracked wood, lose spindles or balusters, or other damage must be repaired before accidents occur. Part of stair refinishing is repairing the stairs, so they’re secure and safe. In some cases, components of the staircase might need replacing before they can be refinished and rejuvenated.   

Parts of your staircase that might need refinishing

Your staircase consists of many different features. When you consider all the elements combined, it will help you understand the scope of the refinishing project. In some cases, only specific components of the stairway will need renovation. Keep in mind that these components will need to be prepared and painted separately. 

Risers: These are the vertical surfaces between each step.

Tread: These are the horizontal surfaces or steps that you actually walk on.

Tread noses: The surface of the tread that hangs over the risers.

Railing: The railing or handrail are the bars that run along the stairs that you hold on to for support.

Balusters or Spindles: The vertical supports that attach the base of the stairs to the railing.

Stringers: The area the treads attach to on the bottom of the stairs.

If you are refinishing the stairs, you might choose to renovate or replace components of the staircase. For example, you can keep your current stairs and replace the railing and spindles/balusters with something new.

How much does it cost to refinish stairs?

The price will vary depending on the size of your staircases and what it is made of. If your staircase and banisters require additional repair, the cost of that labour will increase the price. You should also determine if you need carpet removal, new flooring installation on the stairs, baseboards replaced, and other renovations done around the staircase.

On average, the cost of refinishing stairs can range between $3,000 and $8,000. The cost depends on the size and scope of the job. That factors in refinishing the tread, risers, handrail, and balusters/spindles as well.

To get a ballpark estimate, consider spending up to $400 per step. If you want to refinish your handrail, add about $60 per linear foot of railing.

These numbers are rough estimates, and every job is different. For the most accurate estimate, contact the stair painters at Platinum Pro Painters for a no-obligation on your staircase project.

Process of refinishing the stairs

The process of stair refinishing varies slightly between painting and staining the staircase. In both cases, the painters will clear items from the area. Then areas you don’t want painting will be taped and covered. Next, the stairs and other surfaces will be cleaned and sanded. Then, the finish of either paint or stain will be applied. If required, the painters will apply varnish to protect the stairs. Finally, the contractors will clean up the area, and it’s time to wait for the paint or stain to cure.

Now it’s time to enjoy your like-new stairs again!

DIY or hire a pro?

Painting is often considered one of those home improvement jobs that homeowners can do DIY. But, like any home improvement job, you’ll almost always get a better result when you hire a professional. Plus, painting staircases is more involved than painting walls. While you could save a little money with DIY, there are many significant benefits to consider about hiring professional stair painters.

For one, you’ll end up spending more money over time if the project is done incorrectly. Second, without proper prep, you might notice your new finish can start to peel or chip. Prep work can be highly time-consuming. Finally, painting stairs, railings, and spindles require training and skills that only come with experience. Without the experience, you might end up with amateur-looking results.

Also, you’ll have to purchase the tools, materials, and supplies required to do the job. Professional painters will already have the proper equipment, plus the knowledge and experience to use them correctly.

Professional stair painters are effective and efficient. They can do the job, including the comprehensive prep work, in a fraction of the time it would take a DIYer. If your stair restoration project goes on for multiple days (or longer), it will be a significant disruption for your family.

Save yourself the time and stress and hire Platinum Pro Painters for your stair refinishing project.

Ideas for painting the stairs

A wide range of colours, styles, and finishes can give your staircase a whole new look. If you’re embarking on a home renovation, including the stairs in the budget will help you complete the look of your home’s interior.

You can match the colour of your stairs with your flooring or walls. Or, you can choose a contrasting colour to make a bold statement and create an accent piece in the home. Depending on your home’s style, you can get uniquely creative with your stair painting project. Keep it traditional, go for a bold colour, or add a flare of design with patterned risers. Your options are limitless. For some inspiration, check out these creative painted stair ideas

Hire professional stair painters to get started!

The success of any home improvement project starts with finding a contractor you can trust. Platinum Pro Painters has a proven reputation for quality work, excellent customer service, and transparency in quoting and throughout the entire project. Your project will benefit from our years of experience painting homes, including refinishing stairs.

Consulting with our stair painters can help you create a plan and design for your stair refinishing project. Contact us today for a free estimate for your project.