Deck resurfacing has taken the home remodeling world by storm in recent years. As homeowners deal with more economic constraints, and strive to do more with less, the idea of totally refreshing that outdoor deck at a fraction of the cost is hugely appealing. And while the project is relatively simple — saving the underlying structure of the deck but removing and replacing the surface — there are still a number of guidelines you want to keep in mind. Here are a few important do’s and don’ts of deck resurfacing.

DON’T assume that your old deck can be resurfaced

Deck resurfacing is contingent upon a careful, professional, trained inspection of the structural integrity of your deck. The whole premise of deck resurfacing is that you can have that brand new look and feel for the fraction of the price of a new deck — but you still need the deck to be safe and structurally sound. That’s why a professional determination needs to be made as to whether or not your deck can be resurfaced. Qualified professionals will always be honest with you in this respect, and if the deck isn’t structurally sound, they’ll refuse to resurface it.

DO choose your material wisely

Decks can be built with a variety of natural hardwood and composite materials — and deck resurfacing is no different. Even if the underlying frame and structure of your deck is made of hardwood (usually pressure-treated lumber), it’s possible to use composite materials for the new surface of your deck. However, you’ll want to think carefully about the age of your existing deck and what kind of lifespan you can expect out of the resurfacing project. A brand new composite surface can last several decades, but this is a moot point if the underlying structure only has five or ten years left in it. Your contractor should be able to help you make the wisest decision in this respect.

DON’T hire the first contractor you come across

Deck resurfacing is more popular than ever these days, which means there are a lot more contractors offering this surface. Are all of them fully trained, highly skilled, and properly qualified to deliver the best results? Not necessarily. It’s important to vet contractors carefully when you’re considering a deck resurfacing project. Don’t hire the first contractor you come across. Instead, conduct a thorough search of the contractors available in your area, and choose two or three of the highest rated companies to make contact with.

DO make sure all work is guaranteed

Guarantees are important on any home remodeling or renovation project, and deck resurfacing is no exception. Reputable contractors will always back up their work with written guarantees. Don’t settle for a verbal guarantee. If it’s not in writing, it’s not a real guarantee.

Moving forward with your resurfacing project

Once you’ve got a reputable contractor in your corner, deck resurfacing should be a fun and easy process. The results are often surprising to homeowners, even if they’ve seen pictures of other deck resurfacing projects. Take a careful approach to your project in the early phases, and choose your contractor carefully. It’ll pay off when you see the results!

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.”