Should I Build a New Deck or Resurface My Old One? -

The benefits of having a deck attached to your home are many. It’s a great way to enjoy nature while also enjoying the convenience of your home. Decks are ideal for summer dining and having guests over, as well. If your deck is rugged and the wood is eroding, or if there are other structural issues, you may be wondering whether to build a new deck or resurfacing the one you have. How do you decide which of these two options is the wisest choice? Let’s explore the pros and cons of resurfacing versus building a brand new deck.

What does resurfacing your deck entail?

When the underlying structure of your deck is still secure, the walking surface and railings alone can be replaced. This is called deck resurfacing. For this to be done, a safety inspection must first ensure that the foundation is safe. Then you can choose either natural or composite materials to give your deck a makeover. The results can look surprisingly fresh.

When should you choose resurfacing?

The idea of starting from scratch is appealing — especially if you have been meaning to tackle the issue for some time. However, resurfacing your deck may be able to give you the new look you want at a fraction of the overall cost. Turning those old, cracked, graying boards into scrap wood and laying a fresh layer of new wood or composite wood in its place will breathe life into your backyard. Since resurfacing also involves tearing out the old railing, you can also get any new style of metal rails that you may have been eyeing. If you are looking to save thousands of dollars and work with the existing frame, resurfacing is the solution for you.

When should you choose to build a brand new deck?

Sometimes the idea of starting new is just too appealing to be ignored — and there’s no doubt that building a new deck allows you more freedom in terms of materials and design. While resurfacing limits your options to the same size and shape that is already there, a brand new deck has no limits. Of course, if your foundation layer of wood is not up to code, you will definitely want to build a fresh deck. Another reason you may want to rebuild is if you want to install composite decking in the substructure in addition to the walking wood. Composite decking is not prone to decay, fading, and moss the way that traditional wood is.

Finding the right help

When you are ready to take the first step in addressing that tired old deck, it’s time to look for a reputable and experienced deck builder. Working a true professional will guarantee that building codes and regulations are met, and that your deck project — whether you choose to resurface or start fresh — is completed to the highest professional standards possible. If you aren’t sure whether to resurface or build new, your contractor should be able to provide solid insights that help you make the right decision.

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.”