What are the Drawbacks of Deck Resurfacing? -

When homeowners first hear about deck resurfacing, they often get fairly excited. Are you telling me that I can have a deck that essentially looks and feels brand-new at a fraction of the costs of actually tearing down my old deck and starting over? This is the question they ask, and the answer is basically yes. Deck resurfacing makes use of the existing structural basis and simply replaces all of the surface material, including steps and railings—and it really is true that deck resurfacing is cheaper then building a brand-new deck.

Even if you omit the cost of tearing down and removing the old material, resurfacing would still be cheaper been building a new deck where nothing had previously been built. Provided the underlying structure is still sound, resurfacing can effectively give you a brand-new deck at a fraction of the cost. And in this day and age, significant savings on a fairly big project like that is music to the ears of homeowners everywhere.

But for all the benefits and advantages deck resurfacing, it is by no means a perfect solution. Any decking company who tells you that resurfacing will solve all your problems is not being completely honest. There are disadvantages and drawbacks to deck resurfacing, so let’s take and honest look at them.

1. You can’t really change the design

Although it’s possible to use new materials and even add a few new design flourishes when you have your outdoor deck resurfaced, you’re still basically confined to the existing design. Because deck resurfacing makes use of the existing frame, deviating too far from that design would present serious safety issues, And no reputable deck builder would be willing to put your safety (or their reputation) at risk.

2. The structure may be sound today, but it won’t last as long as a brand new deck

The whole premise of deck resurfacing is that the underlying structure of your deck is still viable, and tearing the whole thing down is simply not necessary. But will it be necessary two, three, or five years from now? Resurfacing can extend the life span of your deck while giving you a fresh appearance, and there are ways to strengthen the old, existing framing. But eventually that old framing is going to break down, and further resurfacing will no longer be an option.

3. The costs can still be significant

Deck resurfacing is a great way to save money in the right kind of situation; but it’s definitely not free, and some people feel that spending more to get rid of the old deck and come up with a completely new design is well worth it.

Looking for a quality deal

Whether you choose to resurface your deck or build a new one, the importance of partnering with a skilled and experience outdoor decking professional cannot be overstated. Deck resurfacing will not be more economical or effective unless it is done to the highest professional standard. The same goes for building new decks. You might make the right choice between resurfacing and starting from scratch, but unless you make the right choice in terms of contractors in your area, you won’t get the very best result.

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.”