How Do You Know Your Deck Was Built Right? -

There is no better time than summer to spend long afternoons and evenings outside on your deck. Building a deck is a big investment, but it can add tremendous value and enjoyment to your home. So how do you know if your new deck is built right? If you’re not an expert, it might seem like a difficult thing to gauge. Use the three guidelines below as indicators for quality workmanship you can trust.

1. You hired a good contractor with written guarantees

As with any home renovation project, you want to make sure you’re hiring only the best contractor to build or repair your deck. Depending on the landscaping around your home and the type of deck you choose, poor workmanship can not only be an eyesore but a serious safety concern.

When choosing a contractor to build your deck, start by asking around for recommendations with friends and neighbors who have high quality and long-lasting decks. Get quotes from prospective contractors for the project you have in mind. Don’t forget to ask questions! Finally, when it comes to making a decision and drafting up a contract, make sure you hire a specialist with written guarantees. This way, if anything does go wrong down the line, you have the damage covered.

2. It stands the test of time

Over time, decks will show wear and tear and will need to be repaired and eventually replaced. That said, a newly constructed deck should still feel new during its first few years of use. All decks eventually begin to show their age, but a well-built deck will look fresh for a longer period of time, and should remain structurally sound for a decade or two.

If you find, after three years of regular use, that your deck has weak or creaking boards (or handrails coming loose), it probably wasn’t built right to begin with. Avoid this scenario by making a plan with your contractor about how long a new deck should last — and who will be responsible for repairs within a set period of time.

3. It stands up to regular use

There’s no sense in building a new deck unless you are going to use it. From sun bathing to outdoor grilling with friends, the best outdoor ecks are those that get used all the time.

That said, the more you use a deck, the sooner it is likely to show wear. A well-constructed deck will stand up to this regular use. You shouldn’t notice splintering wood or loose boards in the first several years with your new deck. At some point you will need to reseal a wooden deck, but with regular maintenance, the structure should stay sound no matter how much use your deck gets. Composite decks have even lower maintenance requirements, and more homeowners are choosing them for this reason — but it’s still important to find a contractor who exemplifies great workmanship. Otherwise the great benefits of composite material will be lost.

Moving forward with your outdoor deck plans

If you’re considering a new outdoor deck, avoid the unpleasant surprise of poor durability or construction. How? Simply by hiring an experienced and trustworthy outdoor deck specialist. That way, you and your family can rest easy, knowing that your deck is safe and will hold up to years of use and enjoyment.

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.”