4 Signs That Your Outdoor Decks Needs Replacing

It’s true that outdoor decks can last a long time — particularly if the natural wood is properly maintained throughout the years, or if composite materials were used to build the structure. Eventually though, things will start to break and require attention. Here are four signs that your outdoor deck not only needs repair, but might need to be knocked down and replaced altogether.

1. The wood is warped or rotten

Warped or rotten boards is surefire sign that your deck is either too old, or has been neglected in terms of routine maintenance. When this is the case, it’s fair to say that the underlying structure of the deck is in serious trouble. Is resurfacing going to be an option in this case? Probably not. In situations like this, the only redress is to knock the entire structure down and haul away the warped and rotten wood. The nice thing is that you have a great chance to start over!

2. The deck moves when you walk on it

If you notice excessive ‘creaking’ or movement while walking on your deck, you probably want to think twice before walking on it much more — especially if your deck is elevated above a few feet. There are cases in which a few loose connections can be shored up and repaired by a professional, thus restoring the deck to an acceptable degree of functionality. But in many cases, these are signs of a deck that’s too far gone to be saved. The best approach is the scrap it and build a brand new structure in its place.

3. A deck resurfacing specialist told you it can’t be resurfaced

Deck resurfacing has emerged as a very popular way to get that brand new look and feel at a fraction of the price. By preserving the underlying structure of your deck, while stripping and replacing all the floorboards and hand rails, your deck and look brand new without costing nearly as much. But in order to qualify for deck resurfacing, that underlying structure does have to be in great condition. If not, your outdoor deck specialist will never sign off on a resurfacing project. If you’ve been told that your deck cannot realistically be resurfaced, it’s probably time to think about demolition.

4. You don’t like the design

If you don’t like the layout or design of your existing deck (this is often the case when people buy “used” homes), there are a few things you might be able to do — such as staining or resurfacing — to change that appearance and bring it up to speed. But in many cases, a dated outdoor deck is simply an eyesore — and it has to go.

Outdoor deck specialists you can trust

Knowing what to do with that existing deck can be tricky without the help of an expert. Can the problems you’re noticing be repaired, or is it time to scrap that old deck and start fresh? Could resurfacing be a possibility? Getting the right answers to these questions can help you make the best decision for your home and your wallet — but it’s important to find a specialist you can really trust.

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.”