Out of all the purchases and contracts you make this year, which ones will be the most important? Probably not that new toaster you got, or even that energy-saving thermostat. For many people, there is some kind of home renovation or building project going on – and this is among the most important investments of the year. Deck resurfacing is a great example. You’ve heard about the benefits, and your old deck is really in need of an upgrade. So how do you go about finding the right company to resurface your deck?
1. Ask the right questions
There are so many situations where homeowners (often the busiest ones) simply want a result with deck resurfacing. That’s understandable, especially if you’ve got a lot of other things going on. Plus, deck resurfacing seems like a really simple prospect. The surface boards and planks are simply stripped off, and new materials are put down in their place – right? Well, it’s more complicated than that. First, not all decks are structurally qualified to undergo professional resurfacing, so you need to find a specialist who gives you the right information on that front. Second, there’s a big different between a “mediocre” resurfacing job and a truly professional one. You’ll notice this difference in the look and feel of the deck. Asking plenty of questions up front will help ensure that your project comes off without a hitch, and you get the result you want.
2. Look for signs of success
Another thing people do when they’re in a rush is simply choose the first deck resurfacing specialist they come across, without really researching their options or knowing how to spot a real professional. Positive online reviews are a must. If you see a negative review (or even worse, a pattern of negative reviews), it’s a real warning sign that you yourself might end up having a negative experience. Deck resurfacing is more affordable than a brand new deck, but it’s still a significant investment. Only an experienced, qualified contractor can handle this investment properly. Does the company have a physical address? Do they communicate in a timely and professional manner? Is their web site well organized and informative? These are all signs of a successful deck resurfacing contractor.
3. Learn about guarantees
When you sign a contract to have your deck resurfaced, you should know for a fact that the work is guaranteed in writing. The nice thing about a written guarantee is that most companies who offer them will take extra care to make sure they’re never necessary. But if something does go wrong, and a problem appears a year or two down the line, that repair will be covered under the terms of the contractor. If you find a contractor that specifically does not offer a written guarantee, you might ask them why – or simply focus your efforts elsewhere.
Focus on quality and experience
If you look at the deck resurfacing specialists in your area through the lens of quality and experience, it should become evident who the real professionals are – and who you should hire to exceed your expectations.