If you’re like most homeowners, your outdoor deck gets more use in the summer than any other time of year. The days are longer, the weather is perfect, and there are ample opportunities for reading a book outside, lounging in the sun, or inviting friends over for a cookout. After a summer’s worth of outdoor relaxing, though, you might start to notice that your deck is looking pretty worn. The wood may be faded, the stairs might be creaking, and the floorboards may be splintering.

These signs of wear and tear don’t necessarily mean that it’s time to build a brand new deck. Another possible option? Resurfacing your deck. Keep reading to find out if resurfacing might be a viable option to refresh your deck’s look.

What is resurfacing?

Resurfacing is the process of changing replacing some combination of the floorboards, stairs, or railings of your deck while keeping the foundational structure the same. The obvious benefit of resurfacing as opposed to rebuilding is that it is more cost effective, making use of the structure that is already in place.

Many people choose to resurface a deck if it isn’t that old, but does show signs of wear and tear — whether due to excessive use, damaging weather, or a combination of things. Another situation where resurfacing is often used is when someone buys a home, but doesn’t like the color or finish of the existing deck.

Regardless of the situation, it’s important to remember that not every deck can be resurfaced, and there are plenty of cases in which it makes more sense to rebuild.

When is resurfacing a viable option?

In order for a deck to be resurfaced, it’s imperative that the foundation be in good condition. Most wooden decks have a life span of a decade or two. If your deck is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that rebuilding is a better option. Even though resurfacing is a more economical alternative to rebuilding from scratch, buying new lumber still isn’t cheap. It would be a shame to spend the money on a new deck, only to have your foundation give out a few years later. When it comes to decks, it’s much better to be safe than sorry — and to ensure that your foundation is stable instead of trying to cut corners just to save money.

Finding a Qualified Deck Resurfacing Specialist

If you think resurfacing might be a good option, think about hiring a deck resurfacing specialist. An experienced contractor will be able to assess the condition of your deck foundation to determine if resurfacing is a viable option, and provide the highest quality resurfacing to make your deck look like new again.

When looking for a respected and experienced deck resurfacing specialist, it’s a good idea to ask for references in addition to getting a quote and estimated timeline in writing. If your deck does qualify for resurfacing, you could have a (mostly) brand new deck built in time to still enjoy what’s left of summer!

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.”