What is the Right Way to Resurface a Deck? -

We live in an age of convenience, and we’re always looking for ways to make things easier. That’s probably because people —especially homeowners — have so many tasks to accomplish, and they need to get things done quickly. But there are still a lot of projects and tasks that take time and patience, and if we cut corners on them, it’ll come back to haunt us later. Deck resurfacing is one of those projects. On the “surface” it may seem like a simple project that can be done easily, without putting much thought or planning into it, but this really isn’t the case.

So what’s the right way to resurface a deck, and how does doing things “the right way” ensure a quality, long-lasting deck resurfacing job?

1. First inspection

The first order of business is to make sure your deck is actually suitable for resurfacing. What determines this? Basically, the underlying structure of the deck needs to be solid and safe — but it’s not always apparent whether this is the case. You might think the frame is in good condition after a quick visual inspection, but the professional method involves a more rigorous process of testing the joists and other aspects of the frame, including the substructure. Once a professional determines the deck to be suitable for resurfacing, the project can continue.

2. Attaining permits

Depending on where you live, special building permits may be necessary to resurface your deck. Professionals in your area will know exactly what to do — but this is an important step and should never be skipped.

3. Demolition work

When the inspection is complete and the permits are in place, it’s time to start removing the old surface of the deck. This has to be done very carefully so as to preserve the frame for the new materials (whether natural hardwood or composite) that will be laid on top of it.

4. Second inspection

When the surface has been removed, it’s time to inspect the frame once again, to make sure everything is up to code. This gives extra assurance that your newly resurfaced deck will be safe and long lasting. Extra attention to safety and strength is a key part of this inspection.

5 Resurfacing

Now we get to the good part — your brand new surface, including handrails and steps if applicable, is installed on top of your existing deck frame.

6. Clean up and final inspection

Once the deck has been completely resurface and tested for strength and integrity, it’s time to clean up the work site and conduct a final inspection with the homeowner to make sure everything exceeds expectation.

Don’t cut corners with deck resurfacing!

This is one project where you want to make absolute sure that everything is done right. Your family’s safety, and the integrity of your investment, depends on it. By finding a highly experienced and qualified deck resurfacing company in your geographical area, and making sure all your questions are answered before you sign (also look for written guarantees in the contract itself), you’ll be able to fully receive all the benefits of deck resurfacing!

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.”