How to Know if Your Deck Was Built By a Professional -

Every year, millions of Americans hire professionals to build a new outdoor deck, or resurface an existing deck to make it look (and feel) like new. But there are also millions of Americans who look at the outdoor decks and patios in their neighborhoods and think to themselves, I can do that.

And why shouldn’t they? There are a lot of talented DIYers out there, and it’s amazing what can be accomplished with the help of detailed instructions on YouTube and other sites. You may also have noticed that some goods retailers sell DIY outdoor deck kits, which allow homeowners to roll up their sleeves and build a basic deck without professional help.

But 9 times out of 10, it will be fairly easy to determine whether a deck was built by a pro or put together by an amateur. It should be this way, when you think about it. Skilled and reputable outdoor deck builders have completed hundreds and possibly thousands of projects. Some of these people have been building decks for 20 or 30 years. They’ve worked on big, luxurious designs with built in kitchens and fireplaces—and they’ve worked on small and simple designs that need to be built equally well. When building decks and patios is your professional trade, it’s only natural that your workmanship should stand out and be visible even to the casual observer.

If you are wondering whether to hire a professional or build your own outdoor deck, and you’re wondering what the differences will actually be, consider the following:

The importance of details

Building a deck actually involves hundreds of intricate decisions, from building a frame with the exact proportions you need to spacing floorboards, installing guardrails, and giving the deck those extra flourishes that make it truly appealing. Most people don’t realize just how many decisions go into the process of building a deck until they try it themselves. By hiring a professional, you can expect the details to be impeccable, and you can hold your contractor accountable when they are not.

Safety and integrity

Building a deck is not all about form. It’s also about function. Will the deck last for years to come without any major maintenance requirements? Will it be safe, and how many guests can it hold? Safety is a major area of outdoor deck building, particularly when the deck is suspended more than 5 feet off the ground. Unfortunately, safety issues are much more prevalent in DIY decks.

Making your decision

It’s certainly possible to have a great success in building your own outdoor deck; it really depends on your skill and ability in the field of construction and handiwork. If you have a lot of time and talent, you might even be able to build a deck that looks and functions like a professionally built structure. But the majority of DIY projects, satisfying though they may be, will have aesthetic and/or structural defects. Working with the right professional will almost always give you a more professional result. Now that you know the facts, the choice is yours!

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.”