3 Outdoor Deck Problems and Solutions

Your outdoor deck is one of the most versatile features of your house. People traditionally use these structures for outdoor cooking and relaxing, and these activities are still a big part of the reason why outdoor decks are so popular.

But these days, there’s a whole lot more going on. People are using composite materials to build aesthetically pleasing decks that last for decades, with little-to-no maintenance requirements. They’re using accents made of other materials, such as stainless steel “cable” railings, for a contemporary and clean finish. They’re adding in multiples levels to give the outdoor area more depth and versatility.

Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are another exciting area of innovation. Gone are the days when using a standalone grill was the only way to cook on your deck. Now you can build a whole outdoor, and use it to prepare meals whenever the weather allows. You can make separate areas for exercise, yoga, entertaining, and so forth. The possibilities for outdoor decks are endless.

But there are still a few common problems to be aware of. Here are 3 outdoor deck problems and solutions you may not have considered.

1. A warped or rotting surface

Not everybody knows this, but if the surface of an outdoor deck is in rough shape, it doesn’t necessarily mean the deck has to go. A process known as deck resurfacing may be possible. If the frame or “base” of the deck is still in great shape (but the surface is not), a professional can tear out the old surface and install a brand new one for you. Homeowners are routinely astonished by the results – depending, of course, on the professional.

2. Low-quality fasteners

Fasteners are a critical aspect of deck building, yet their importance is often overlooked. People spend a lot more time thinking about what type of wood or composite to use ­– but in truth, the materials you choose are only as good as the fasteners holding them together! Whether you’re building your own deck or hiring a professional to do it for you, make sure that all bolts, clamps, nails and other fasteners are of the highest quality.

3. A shady contractor

If you get one thing right during your deck building process, choose the best contractor around. One look at online reviews and you can see that not all contractors are working at the same level. You need one with plenty of experience, all the right skills and tools, and a high level of knowledge to help you make the best decisions regarding your new outdoor deck. Contractual guarantees are also important – a reputable deck builder will always have you covered.

Getting the most out of your deck

Deck building isn’t rocket science – but it is a specialty craft that benefits from carefully honed skills and long years of experience. To get the highest potential out of your new deck project, choose your contractor carefully. This is one detail that can decide whether your deck is a frustrated disappointment, or a fantastic long-term success.

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.”