3 Common Repairs for your Outdoor Deck

Outdoor decks can last a long time – especially if you’ve chosen to build your deck out of composite material. But whether you go for composite or natural wood, it’s inevitable that repairs will eventually be needed. The good news is that most deck repairs can drastically extend the lifespan of your outdoor deck if done correctly. Here are three of the more common outdoor deck repairs to be aware of.

1. Resurfacing

You might think of resurfacing as less of a repair and more of a restoration, and this is true. When your deck is resurfaced, the entire surface (including handrails and steps) is torn out, leaving only the frame of the deck. New materials are then laid on top of the frame, giving you a brand new appearance and enhanced structural integrity at a fraction of the cost. Some decks are resurfaced purely for aesthetic purposes, while others are done for structural reasons. Before a resurfacing project can begin, a professional assessment of the structure must take place, in order to determine whether the underlying structure is sound. Whether you see it as a repair or a restoration, deck resurfacing is probably the single most effective way to bring an ailing deck back to full health.

2. Replacing individual boards

This is a very common repair, especially in areas with extreme winters and changing seasons. Over time (especially if you have a natural wood deck, and you don’t stain and seal it regularly), the planks or boards start to warp and become damaged. Sometimes this problem is widespread, and deck resurfacing becomes a more viable options. In other scenarios, it’s possible to replace a few faulty boards and achieve a good result. Getting the right wood, the right fit, the right color and the right installation isn’t as simple as it seems, however. If you’re not hiring a pro, be meticulous about this kind of repair.

3. Replacing a post

When a post starts to loosen, warp or otherwise become damaged, it’s simply not possible to ignore the problem and hope for the best. This is a structurally vital part of the deck, and it must be looked after carefully. When a post needs to be replaced, it’s far better to call a professional – unless you happen to have years of experience in this kind of work. First off, you need a new post that exactly matches the dimensions of the old one. The deck also has to carefully braced while the old post is dug out and removed. Proper measurements and careful planning are an important part of doing this repair successfully.

Hiring the right specialist for the job

You’ll probably have several choices when you research deck repair specialists in your area – so how do you “zero-in” on the right one? Pay attention to the company’s web site and whether it’s organized and informative. Ask important questions about the contractor’s experience level and training. And of course, read reviews of past clients! This should give you a good sense of whether this contractor will deliver you the best result and the best overall value.

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.”