What is the Best Way to Build a New Deck?

Have you considered building your own outdoor deck lately? If you’re somebody who has dabbled in other home renovation projects, you’ve probably considered it. You may even have researched DIY deck building online, and come across a whole sea of content on how to do this.

When you start learning the fundamentals of building a deck, you’ll also see that there is a lot of conflicting information out there. One DIY vlogger might suggest starting at point ‘A,’ where another suggests starting at ‘B’ or ‘C’. If you’re following multiple tutorials, it can often be confusing as you receive different suggestions from different people. How do you make the most sense of this information? What is the best way to build a new deck?

We could argue all day about methods, tools, techniques and strategies – because the truth is, building a new deck is not as easy as it seems. A very simple platform structure might seem easy to complete, but even that requires precisions measurements, robust safety checks, and relevant permits from local authorities. Many a homeowner has set about building their own deck, only to find out during (or after) construction that the deck does not comply with building codes, and either has to be torn down or modified to meet code.

Before you think about the best techniques and methods for building a deck, consider the best foundation for your project. Either you’re someone who is experienced with building, and possibly has built outdoor decks before – or you hire a licensed, reputable professional to handle the job for you. Either way, the best way to build a new deck is to rely on the foundation of experience and knowledge.

There are, however, companies out there who are incredibly focused on how they’ve always done things, and haven’t effectively changed with the times. This can be problematic too. There are a lot of new things happening in the world of deck building, and if you end up hiring company who is too stubborn to embrace these changes, you could miss out on valuable opportunities.

For example, you can use modern composite materials instead of natural wood. This gives you an appearance that closely mimics natural wood, with a performance that greatly surpasses it. There’s also the option of having your deck resurfaced instead of building a new one. Finally, there are a seemingly endless number of options and configurations for built-in amenities. Lighting, seating, fireplaces, kitchens, Jacuzzis, and so on down the line. If you think these amenities are too far-fetched or too expensive, you might be surprised when you get a quote from a reputable builder. They’ve done a great many decks, and have refined their techniques to a point where they can achieve more with less.

None of these options are in play for the vast majority of DIY deck builders. Does that means the best way to build a new deck is always hiring a professional? Not necessary – the answer depends on what you want out of your deck. If the experience of building it yourself is part of the fun, just make sure you plan carefully and secure necessary permission. If you want professional results at a predictable price point, and in a predictable time frame, hiring a pro is the best choice you can make.

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.”