You probably don’t think of your outdoor deck as a potential sinkhole of money. Indeed, there are other areas of the home that are far more important, and can be far more costly when not built or maintained correctly. The roof, for example — or the plumbing. Owning a home requires vigilance in these crucial areas. Being negligent can have troublesome financial consequences, and can even compromise the long-term value of the home.

But an outdoor deck is a relatively minor thing. If it isn’t built correctly, the effects aren’t particularly far-reaching or serious. Right?

Well, not exactly. The fact is that outdoor decks do represent a sizable investment for the average homeowner. Most people spend between $10,000 and $15,000 on a brand new outdoor deck (depending on square footage, design, amenities, and the type of material used). When routine maintenance requirements are ignored, the resulting repairs can leave you with an unexpected bill that’s annoying and upsetting at best. Here are some costly deck maintenance mistakes every homeowner should avoid.

1. Not knowing your material

The maintenance requirements for decks made with composite material versus decks made from natural wood are significantly different. It’s a mistake to think that composite decking requires zero maintenance, for instance. Periodic cleaning is necessary to keep the deck in optimal condition. Wood decking requires more maintenance, including periodic refinishing to prolong the lifespan and improve the appearance. Not knowing the maintenance requirements of your decking material is a common and costly mistake.

2. Doing the maintenance yourself (and not doing it well)

Performing deck maintenance is a pleasure for some homeowners, while others see it as more of a chore. If you do your own maintenance, the best bet is to carefully follow the instructions of the manufacturer or supplier of the material, as well as the deck builder that constructed the deck. Skimping on maintenance (or not doing it properly) is a surefire way to shorten the lifespan of your deck.

3. Hiring a disreputable contractor to do the maintenance for you

If there’s one thing worse than poor DIY deck maintenance, it’s poor maintenance done by a professional. Believe it or not, this does happen. There are disreputable companies out there who cut corners, even on basic maintenance tasks. The good news is, you can usually spot their shady reputations a mile away — provide you know what to look for.

Avoid these costly mistakes — and save cash

Being a savvy homeowner is all about making decisions that prevent unnecessary expenditures. Your outdoor deck is worth consideration in this respect. People sometimes assume there’s no real way to lose money on an outdoor deck, but this really isn’t the case. The deck is a highly visible part of the home, and allowing it to fall into disrepair is problematic for a number of reasons. Avoid the maintenance mistakes listed here, and consult a qualified outdoor deck builder with any questions or concerns you may have. Remember — for homeowners, avoiding unnecessary expenses is like money in your pocket.

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.”