How Do I Know if I Can Have My Deck Resurfaced? -

There’s a lot of talk about deck resurfacing these days — and it’s easy to see why. Your outdoor deck may look old and dilapidated, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to tear it down and start over. Thanks to modern deck resurfacing methods, you might be able to fit your deck with a brand new surface while preserving the underlying structure. In other words, you can have a deck that looks brand new for a fraction of the cost of actually building a brand new deck.

If this sounds too good to be true, get on Google and check out the long list of success stories involving homeowners who have resurfaced their outdoor decks with great results.

But deck resurfacing is not always possible — and any outdoor deck builder who tells you otherwise is not giving you reliable information. There are circumstances under which a resurfacing project is possible and recommended, and there are circumstances under which it is not. Here’s how the average homeowner can determine whether deck resurfacing is a possibility.

1. The framing of the deck looks good

A careful visual inspection of the underside of your deck will reveal whether there are any obvious structural faults. Resurfacing is only a viable open when the framing of the deck is in good condition. If you notice rotting or warped wood, or section of the frame that seem to be missing, it’s a fair bet that your deck is not suitable for resurfacing.

2. There are no loose or missing connections

A closer look will reveal any loose or missing connections between the various pieces and joints making up the frame. If a deck is resurfaced when there are faulty connections, safety and structural issues will almost certainly arise. Reputable deck resurfacing professionals will only resurface decks when they’re certain it’s safe and productive to do so.

3. A qualified deck resurfacing specialist has inspected the deck and cleared it for resurfacing

It’s certainly possible to inspect your own deck and get a feel for whether or not you think resurfacing is possible. But when it comes down to making a clear “yes or no” determination, the opinion of a deck resurfacing expert is indispensible. Professionals are able to make a comprehensive and accurate determination about the structural stability and long-term viability of your existing deck frame. They’ll also be able to tell you whether resurfacing represents a better investment than tearing down the old frame and starting fresh with a brand new deck.

Taking the next step with your resurfacing project

So now you know a bit more about deck resurfacing, and the real life circumstances under which it might be possible. What’s the next step? There are any number of deck builders out there who might be willing to resurface your deck — but even an experienced deck builder may not have the best technique for resurfacing. Look for a contractor who is specifically experienced in (and knowledgeable about) deck resurfacing. You’re likely to come away with better advice and better 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.”