Most common question we get from our customers is what’s better wood or composite.

Everyone loves the natural look of wood but hates the painting, staining and sealing. Wood decks of all types, including Pressure treated yellow pine, cedar, redwood, ipe, mahogany and others require extensive upkeep. The 4 seasons weather climate in New Jersey is devastating to any wooden surface if its not protected. Over time wood can rot, split, swell and fade if it’s not well protected from the weather elements. If installed properly with weather resistant hardware and maintained on the yearly bases a wood deck can go a long way lasting 15-20 years.

Composite decking was designed to eliminate the maintenance wood requires and to hold up for a longer period of time. First generation composite were subject to discoloration and staining over time requiring periodic power washing. Today’s composite has come a long way most popular being the caped composite. Caped composite has increased durability, long lasting colors and most important does not require any staining or painting. Composite color have come a long way as well offering options that extremely close to natural wood colors. A reputable composite manufacturer will offer a minimum 20 year warranty against rot, split, crack and fading.

In Today’s marked about %20 of the decks that are built are made of wood and the rest are made of composite materials.

Our advice: While a wood deck may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. On average, maintaining a wood deck will cost $550-$850 per year. Composite decking? Just $5-$15 annually. What’s more wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay and insects (not to mention Mother Nature) and have a shorter lifespan. Composites retain their good looks year after year so that the deck will keep its beauty for much longer time.

Give Us a call (609) 436-4141 or Contact Us to learn more about the best deck materials for your project.

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.”