The beauty of composite decking material is that you have far less maintenance to worry about. You can also expect a longer lifespan out of these decks, since they’re effectively made from a blend of natural wood and plastic fibers. They up front cost is more than natural wood, and the “look and feel” is not quite the same (although it’s very close) — but for many homeowners, composite is simply a more sensible choice.

Natural wood has its own set of advantages. For one thing, it’s not longer as expensive as it used to be. This is in large part because of the pressure treatment process, which allows basically any wood to be used for outdoor decking. Prior to PT lumber, it was necessary to use certain woods with natural insect and rot-resistant properties, such as cedar or redwood. This meant that costs were higher. Today, natural wood decking is still the most affordable option, at least where up front costs are concerned.

That means a lot of people are still choosing natural wood decks. In many cases, homeowners inherit a natural wood deck when they buy a home.

Deck resurfacing is therefore a big trade, and a lot of homeowners choose to resurface an existing deck instead of going the more costly route (i.e. complete demolition and replacement).

With all this deck resurfacing going on, aren’t there common mistakes being made? The answer is yes — definitely. Many homeowners try to resurface an outdoor deck by themselves, without any professional help. This can work out very well in some cases — but unless the planning is meticulous and the execution is good, you won’t have those professional results every homeowner wants.

On the other hand, hiring a professional to resurface your deck has a number of clear advantages:

  • It’s relatively affordable
  • The results are stylish and durable
  • It’s guaranteed in writing

Obviously, this is assuming your contractor is good at what they do. If you’re working with someone who has refinished, resurfaced and built hundreds of outdoor decks, you can be fairly confident that your project will benefit from this expertise. But if you work with an inexperienced specialist, your resurfacing project could end up being more trouble than it’s worth — and you might find yourself wondering if that DIY route wouldn’t have been so bad after all. This is never the situation you want to be in, especially when you’ve got so many other things to think about as a homeowner.

Where to go for trustworthy advice on deck resurfacing?

There are so many sources of information these days, especially online. Deck resurfacing is an investment, and you want a professional on your side who isn’t going to make frustrating and costly mistakes with your project. Unfortunately, this is one of those trades where unqualified individuals might try to win your business by advertising online, or even in local phonebooks or publications. Always double-check the credentials and reputation of any deck specialist before you hire them for your deck resurfacing project. Good luck!

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.”