Is Building a New Deck Really That Difficult? -

We live in the golden age of do-it-yourself projects around the home — and the reasons for this are fairly obvious. Never before have so many people had so much access to such a diversity of information. And it’s not just the ability to absorb all of that instructional content, instantly and with no limits. It’s also the ability to contribute and share information about your own projects. Anyone can develop their own DIY knowledge and share it with the world.

This is a double-edged sword. It means there is a ton of great information out there, but it also means there is quite a bit of misinformation. It’s just as easy to find good, correct ways of completing projects as it is to stumble upon faulty methods that end up costing you time and money.

How does all of this translate to the prospect of building your own outdoor deck? A lot of people find themselves asking a simple question: Is it really all that difficult to build my own deck? Since people are doing everything themselves these days, and since I can watch detailed instructional content on how to go about this project, what’s stopping me from undertaking it myself?

There are a couple of big answers to these questions. The first thing to be aware of is that building a new outdoor deck probably requires special permits from your local authorities, and obtaining this permission involves having detailed plans about what you’re going to build and how it conforms to local building codes.

If you get through that part of it, you’ve at least got the conceptual foundation for your deck. Now you’re faced with the task of choosing and procuring all of the necessary materials, which is a task in itself. Will it be composite or natural wood? Will you have special amenities like built-in seating or a fireplace, or are you talking about a more basic design?

Prepping the work site comes next. If you don’t complete this step properly, it will be a problem later on. Once everything is prepped and ready to go, it’s time to execute. If you have experience in building and renovation, and are very handy with tools, you might embrace this part of the process. But if you lack experience, the time and stress involved can quickly snowball — and you might find yourself with a much bigger hassle than you bargained for.

Maintaining your deck is also important, depending on the materials you used to build it. You’ll also lack the written guarantee that most professional offer, so that any repairs or issues with craftsmanship will rest entirely with you.

It’s not that we’re trying to dissuade people from building their own outdoor decks. If you’re really excited about doing this project yourself, DIY is definitely worth looking into. It’s always a good idea, however, to be realistic about the size and scope of the project you’re undertaking. One of the most common reasons why people “give up” on a DIY outdoor deck project is because they didn’t have a clear understanding of what it takes to bring this project to a successful completion, within the set budget and within a reasonable amount of time. It’s definitely worth looking to hiring a qualified professional to handle this project for you — but if you decide to go DIY, just make sure you have all the necessary permission, and make sure you have a realistic view on what it’s going to take. Good luck!

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

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P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

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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

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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.”