Three Surprising Facts About Deck Resurfacing -

IMG_2819Like many parts of our homes, decks require maintenance. When we neglect to maintain them properly, they fall into disrepair. Depending on how back it gets, it might be necessary to tear the existing deck down and start from scratch.

But that’s not the only option.

Deck refinishing is a process of stripping, cleaning, sanding and staining the existing surface of your deck. If the materials are compromised, but the framing and base of the deck are still in good condition, deck resurfacing may be possible. This is when the floorboards and railings of the deck are replaced with new, fresh material.

If you notice any of the following when giving your deck a visual inspection, resurfacing might be the best option:

  • The boards are decayed, rotted, or moldy
  • The wood is splintering, cracking, lifting, or warped
  • The nails and screws coming loose

Here are three additional—and surprising—facts about deck resurfacing.

1. It can save you money

On average, it costs between $800 and $2,000 to resurface your deck (depending on the size of your deck, the materials you use, the age and condition of your current deck, and the season in which the resurfacing is done). This may sound like a big chunk of cash, but compared to the price of building a new deck—which averages between $4,000 and $10,000—it’s a huge savings. With resurfacing you’ll only replace the surface of the deck, not the structure, which is where a lot of the money goes.

2. You can change the material

Deck resurfacing is an opportunity to fit your deck with brand new material, changing the look and feel of the structure. If you have wooden boards but you’re finding it hard to maintain them, you can switch to a composite material such as Trex or TimberTech. These boards may be more expensive to install, but require less maintenance (and therefore bring cost savings) over the long term. Pressure-treated (PT) lumber is also an option, which is more affordable than natural wood. Wood decks are cheaper to build than composite decks, but they typically require more maintenance.

3. It may increase the value of your home

An outdoor deck is typically a solid investment for your home. Homeowners typically recoup between 65% and 90% of their investment when they add a deck—but just having a deck is not enough to add value. If your deck is weathered or damaged, it will not be an attractive to potential homebuyers. A well-maintained or newly-resurfaced deck, however, will be a great selling point. A composite deck may be especially attractive because it requires less maintenance.

Is deck resurfacing the answer?

Before you think about tearing down that tired old deck, it may be worth consulting a professional deck resurfacing specialist. An inspection will reveal whether the foundation of the deck is solid, and whether your deck is a good candidate for resurfacing. If it is, you might be surprised at how affordable it is to give your deck a whole new look and feel.

Good luck with your deck resurfacing project! Feel free to comment below.

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.”