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Average Cost to Repair Stairs

Whether the stairs in your home are designed to be aesthetically pleasing or just a practical feature of your living space, they need proper maintenance just like any other part of a house to retain structural integrity. Unfortunately, even well-constructed stairs are susceptible to damage over time. Use this guide to get a better idea of the cost of stair repair, what kind of problems can occur and what to expect once the professionals arrive.

National Repair Stairs or Railings Costs

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National Repair Stairs or Railings Costs
Average reported cost $586
Number of Cost Profiles 876 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $57
Maximum reported cost $1,500
Most homeowners spent between: $357 to $669

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Average Cost of Professional Stair Repair

Unless you do double-duty as a carpenter, fixing stairs may not be something that you can handle on your own. In that case, it may be best to hire professionals to come and assess the problem and then handle the necessary repairs. Before you bring in a professional, it may be beneficial to have a rough estimate of the costs involved. Keep in mind that no two repair projects are the same, so the cost of repairing a squeaky stair in one location could be priced very differently from needing to replace several steps in another location. The national average for professional stair and railing repair is $750, so that is a good place to start budgeting. Larger projects can run as high as $1,400, and smaller fixes may cost as little as $200.

Identifying the Damage

If the staircase is the problem, you might want to determine whether it is a faulty step, the butt joints or the vertical boards that the actual steps rest on. Identifying the problem yourself may make it easier to get a quote from professional repair teams online or over the phone.

Dealing With Squeaking Stairs

One of the most common problems that you might encounter with your stairs is a squeaking that happens every time you step on a particular stair. This squeaking sound can be caused by a warping of the wood used in construction, the sagging of a step or a loosening of the joints. If the underside of the stairs is visible, repair can be a quick job. If it is not, then you may need to remove any existing drywall in the way in order to access the problem. This is what may increase the price of professional repair. 

Repairing Various Types of Stair Railings

Although stair repair might primarily involve the steps themselves, the railings can also be damaged through everyday wear and tear or even an accident. If your railings are standard and made from wood, replacement or repair will be a breeze. Ornate carved railings or metal railings are slightly harder to repair, and replacement can be costly, but this is something a professional should still have no trouble handling. Outdoor railings can frequently rust, and repair for this is simple and straightforward.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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