If you’re building an outdoor deck, you need a good specialist in your corner. Why? Because many homeowners end up frustrated, behind schedule and over budget — all because they didn’t think it was important to hire a qualified professional.

Here are five reasons why your best interest lies in hiring a professional deck builder before you add this feature to your outdoor space.

1. Correct installation

Many people think that building a deck sounds like a relatively simple task, so they try to do it themselves. More often than not, this does not work out ideally. Poor installation and quality of decks can prove extremely dangerous, both during installation and after the fact. This is especially true for multi-level or second story decks. Decks have to be built and reinforced in such a way that they will stay upright through all types of weather and weight — that’s where a professional earns their stripes.

2. More experience

Professional deck builders get better results in less time because they’ve done it so many times before, in so many different settings. DIY deck building, or hiring an unqualified specialist, will very quickly prove problematic for these reasons. There is simply no substitute for years of experience and hundreds of successful deck projects under the belt.

3. Meeting codes and regulations

Any large addition to your home will require approval from the city. Outdoor decks are no exception. A qualified deck builder will submit the plans for your deck and obtain the needed permission for you. They’ll also be familiar with local building codes and regulations, and will make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

4. Affordability

Professional deck builders receive discounts on materials from manufacturers and stores, so with the price of labor, it often ends up being close to what you would pay if you did it yourself. And when you consider the long-term value of having a reliable outdoor deck installation from the ground up, it’s definitely more affordable to hire a skilled pro.

5. Getting the tricky angles right

Outdoor decks come in so many different styles and shapes. It’s also worth noting that no two houses or landscapes are exactly the same. This means there are trick angles involved. People who build their own decks often struggle with these details — again, this probably comes down to a lack of experience (plus tools and skills). The advantage of working with a pro deck builder is being able to really go for the design you want, and have every expectation of a flawless result.

Finding the best deck builder in your area

As you begin your search for the best outdoor deck builder in your area, you will likely have to know some rough dimensions of the space so that the builder can give you an accurate estimate for cost and time. Once you’ve signed a contract with a builder, the speed and professionalism with which your deck takes shape is another great benefit.

Good luck with your outdoor deck projects this summer!

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.”