3 Things to Keep in Mind for Your Custom Outdoor Deck -

How is your to-do list shaping up this winter? It may not be possible to do all the projects you want to do, since the temperatures are cold and the snow is flying. But for a lot of homeowners, this is a perfect chance to make plans. It’s a good time to build lists, consider DIY projects, and get ready for spring. When the snow melts, you’ll be ready to go.

Outdoor decks are a project that so many homeowners consider during the winter. Why? Because if a new deck is built right away in the spring, you have the entire warm season to use it for entertaining, relaxing, exercising, dining, or any combination thereof. Outdoor decks are a versatile addition to your home’s functional square footage, and the summer months are when people tend to use their decks the most.

If you’re considering a new, custom-built outdoor deck this spring, there are a number of things to keep in mind. Here are three of the most important:

1. Materials matter

Remember – it’s not just about natural wood anymore. Composite materials are more accessible and versatile than ever, and they give your deck a longer life span while virtually eliminating all maintenance requirements. If you do choose a hardwood deck, make sure you know what kind of maintenance is involved. Most hardwood decks should be sealed and stained every two years or so. Choosing the right material for your deck may seem like an added complication, but you’ll be happy you put the effort in. Asking an established decking company for advice is a good idea at this juncture.

2. Built-in amenities are not as far-fetched as you think

People often assume they can’t afford a “fancy” deck with things like a built-in fireplace or built-in seating. A plain and simple design often seems like the only way to stay within the established budget. But a highly skilled contractor should be able to offer some great ideas on how to get more deck without increasing the budget – or without increasing it by much. Don’t be afraid to think big and find out what it would cost – you might be surprised!

3. Having the right contractor makes all the difference

Speaking of contractors, your deck project will go a hundred times more smoothly if you pick a good one. Experienced deck builders know that their own reputation is directly tied to your long-term satisfaction, so they don’t cut corners and they communicate openly. When researching contractors in your area, look for a pattern of positive reviews, courteous and prompt communication, and other clear signs of professionalism.

Who is building your outdoor deck?

If you’re planning to attempt to build a new outdoor deck yourself, you should have plenty of experience in construction or remodeling work. You should also be aware that DIY deck building often ends up costing people more than hiring a professional contractor. This is due to the various tools and materials that are needed, plus the fact that mistakes often set the project back. A professional contractor is the best way to make sure you get the results you really want, on time and within the established budget. Not all contractors are equally skilled and reputable, so be meticulous in your search for the best deck builders in your area.

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.”