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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2016

How much should I pay someone to replace my porch railings

The railings and balusters are deteriorating but the posts seem to be ok just need to be repainted.

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A Painter - Exterior would be your Search the List category for painting only - since you say they are deteriorating will likely need scraping and/or stripping/sanding and priming and two coats of paint to last, so likely about $2/LF range - measuring the total length of railings and balusters, assuming normal size. If large material like 2x6 or such, would normally be in the $2-3/SF range for this - figuring all the square footage of each individual component and multiplying by the total number or footage of each. Some painters just charge by the lineal foot of railing unit - at about $5-10/LF for wood (metal is more if prep is needed) commonly. Costs can vary a lot, because hand painting can run 50% more or so than sprayed, depending on how much trouble it is to mask the area for spraying.

Pretty hard to paint the railings without doing the posts supporting them at the same time, or you pay extra for masking them - I would have them repainted too - if in good shape likely to need less prep, so might not need priming and maybe even one coat would do, at about $0.75-1.00/LF for typical relatively simple (no complex carving or such) post - or more like $2-3/LF if need a fair amount of prep and two coats finish paint.


For actual replacement, commonly $10-25/LF for wood or vinyl railing unit, $25-50 for metal. You would have to get actual bids from Deck and Porch contractors or Handymen (your Search the List categories) to see what it would cost for your specific railing design, and taking into consideration if the whole railing has to be redone to meet current railing safety codes or not, and if the fascia board is in good enough condition to fasten the railing to or needs replacement too - because if the railings need replacement, commonly the fasica board does too unless treated wood.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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