Should My Resurfaced Deck Be Guaranteed? -

Anyone who’s ever hired an independent contractor for a home renovation project knows about the importance of getting a written guarantee. Without a guarantee in writing, you have no legal guarantee that the contractor will make good on their word and fully meet your expectations. This fact of life is just as important for deck resurfacing as it is for any other home renovation project.

What does deck resurfacing involve?

Not to be confused with refinishing, deck resurfacing involves stripping a deck down to its foundation and replacing only the exterior floorboards, stairs, and hand railings. There are a number of reasons why a homeowner would opt for deck resurfacing instead of just building a deck from scratch. For one, it’s cheaper because it makes use of the foundation and frame that are already in place. Homeowners who want to update the look of their deck even if there isn’t anything wrong with it will often choose to resurface because they can achieve a brand new look without as big of a price tag.

Be warned, though — not all decks are good candidates to be resurfaced. If you are going to resurface a deck, it is imperative that the foundation is in great condition. Otherwise, you’ll just be strapping new boards to a frame that may not be safe or isn’t likely to last more than a few years. Always check with a deck specialist to find out if your deck could be resurfaced.

What should a deck guarantee include?

In the home remodeling world, it isn’t uncommon for people to throw around the word “guaranteed” without actually specifying what is meant by this. Things are no different when it comes to deck resurfacing.

The bottom line is, nothing is guaranteed unless it is clearly stated in a written contract that is signed by both parties. No matter what a contractor says, don’t settle for anything less than this if you want his or her word to be worth something.

What a contractor actually guarantees when it comes to workmanship, timeline, and longevity of the product can vary, so be careful to read a contract carefully to ensure that you agree to the terms and don’t have any questions. Typically, deck specialists will often guarantee the quality of the finished product within an agreed upon timeframe.

Most contractors will also include a quality guarantee for one year after the deck is completed. This means that if you find something wrong with the deck, say a floorboard has warped and needs to be releveled or a hand rail is coming loose, you can call up the contractor to have them come back and fix the issue.

Finding a Reliable Deck Resurfacing Specialist

When choosing a deck resurfacing specialist, always ask if a given contractor uses written contracts for all jobs before committing. If the answer is “no”, opt for someone else. Searching online is a great way to quickly identify who the reliable deck resurfacing specialists in your area are. Once you’ve found one you like, make sure you read your contract carefully and settle any gray areas before work gets underway.

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.”