Deck repair can take many different forms — from assessing and repairing the underlying frame, to fixing trouble spots, to removing the entire surface of the deck and fitting it with a brand new one. Known as “deck resurfacing,” this process has become increasingly popular with homeowners looking for good results at a lower overall price point. It also highlights the fact that with the right kind of repairs and maintenance, the lifespan of your outdoor deck can be stretched farther than ever before.

But how do you find a contractor who really delivers in all of these important areas? It may sound like an obscure question, but the fact is, people are losing thousands of dollars every year on shoddy deck repair jobs, or temporary ‘fixes’ that were never really meant for long-term results.

In other words, choosing the right outdoor deck specialist for your repair or resurfacing job can save you real money over time — not to mention stress and frustration involved in dealing with “subpar” contractors.

If you’re looking for a standout deck company, here are some of the main things you should be looking for:

1. Years of industry experience

How many years has your outdoor deck specialist been out in the field, building and resurfacing and repairing outdoor decks? This is a very important question. When a contractor has at least 5-10 years of experience in the field, they’ve learned a lot of important lessons. They’ve hopefully refined their methodology and know how to make clients happy with the entire process, from design and scheduling to the finished result.

2. Clear and fair pricing structures

Nobody wants to be ‘hit’ with a bunch of extra expenses that weren’t agreed on at the beginning of the project. But this does happen, and some outdoor decking contractors make a habit of trying to get away with sneaky pricing structures and surprise add-ons. One of the hallmarks of a good professional is a pricing structure that’s clear, fair and accurate. The price you agree at the beginning of the project is what you should actually pay.

3. Honest advice with no obligation

Have you ever been pressured by a contractor or retailer? Most likely the answer is not only ‘yes’ but ‘many times.’ This should have to be the case when you make a move to restore, resurface or repair your outdoor deck. The real professionals want you to have a good experience with their company, whether you ultimately choose to hire them or not.

Make a solid choice for your outdoor deck needs

It’s no exaggeration to say that working with the right outdoor deck specialist can make a meaningful difference to the average homeowner, from getting the best deal to enjoying the finest professional results. On the other hand, selecting an inexperienced or disreputable contractor (and they do exist, unfortunately) can lead down a path of extra expenditures and overall disappointment. Put your outdoor deck in the right hands by looking out for the traits listed here!

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.”