When it comes to enhancing the enjoyment of your home, a new outdoor deck can be one of the best investments out there. Adding a deck onto your house is a great way to maximize time out of doors, pursue new hobbies like gardening or grilling, and even increase the functional square footage of your home. If you’ve decided it’s time to build or replace your deck, you should be aware of common mistakes when it comes to construction. Not only will these mistakes prolong your project and create headaches — they’ll also cost you more money in the long run.

With a little bit of foresight, you should be able to avoid these problems altogether and get to enjoying your new deck.

1. Poor planning

You might be surprised by the number of people who embark on a deck construction project without a clear plan in mind. A deck may seem like an easy enough project to figure out as you go along, but that is rarely the case. Always start with a clear design and accurate measurements before you jump into the building process. It’s easy to overlook the details without a plan, and it will save you plenty of time and headaches to have a fixed design before you begin. Not sure what your plan should include? Hire a contractor to help you finding the perfect design for your space and lifestyle.

2. Using substandard materials

You want your new deck to withstand the test of time. This means holding up to years of regular use and inclement weather. Many first time deck builders will skimp on materials hoping to get a lower price on their deck, only go regret it a few years later when their deck is warped or splintered and needs to be rebuilt. Like with most home renovation projects, choose your materials wisely. This doesn’t mean you need to spring for the most expensive mahogany boards on the market, but consider all of your options before choosing the cheapest price tag.

3. Hiring the wrong contractor

Your finalized deck will only be as good as the contractor you hire to build it. If you have construction experience and are comfortable building your own deck, that’s great. Most homeowners, though, should leave a deck in expert hands. Like with choosing materials, don’t cut corners by hiring an inexperienced contractor. A poorly built deck is not only a bad investment, but can also be a safety threat to you and your family, so choose an experience contractor who you trust.

Finding a Reliable Deck Contractor

Avoid these mistakes altogether by putting your deck in expert hands. A qualified deck contractor will be able to make sound recommendations about plans and materials, and ensure that the final construction is top-notch quality. If you have friends or neighbors whose deck you’ve been eyeing, ask them who built it. If not, go online and do some research on qualified deck specialists in your area. When making your final selection, don’t be afraid to ask to see work examples of projects that your prospective contractor has recently completed. Choose the right contractor, and you’ll have the outdoor deck of your dreams in no time!

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”