Can My Outdoor Deck Be Salvaged?

Americans love outdoor decks. We may not all be able to live in mega mansions with butlers and private chefs, but an outdoor deck is something realistic. It gives us the simple pleasure of cooking, entertaining, and relaxing in the open air. We make better use of our yards and outdoor areas when we have an intermediate area to use. The outdoor deck improves curb appeal and beautifies the home. That’s why it’s been one of the most popular home additions for decades.

But since outdoor decks have been so popular for so long, a certain problem has crept up on many homeowners: That deck is starting to look shabby. Maybe it hasn’t been properly maintained, or maybe it’s just been around too long. Take a stroll through the average neighborhood and you’ll probably see what we’re talking about. The surfaces and handrails are beginning to fade and warp. In some cases, you’re not even sure if the deck is safe to use anymore.

In short, many homeowners find themselves asking one important question: Can my deck be salvaged? Is my only option to tear it down and start over, or do I have other options? Finding answers to these questions could result in serious expenses or big savings, depending on whether you find the correct information.

If your deck is under ten years old and appears to be structurally sound, you may be able to revive its appearance simply by subjecting it to a deck refinishing process. When done professionally, this process should include the following steps:

  • Cleaning all parts of the deck with a low pressure solution
  • Tearing out and replacing boards that are rotted or warped
  • Checking and tightening any loose connectors or nails throughout the structure
  • Careful sanding down of any problem areas
  • Multiple coats of high quality professional-grade coating

But in many cases, the deck is too far gone to consider refinishing as a viable solution. That’s when deck resurfacing enters the conversation. This is a more involved process. Essentially, the underlying structure of the deck is left in place, while all of the surfaces and hand rails are completely removed and replaced with fresh material. The results can be stunning, effectively giving you a brand new deck at a fraction of the cost. But in order for deck resurfacing to be viable, the underlying structure must be sound.

In all honesty, most homeowners are not going to be able to determine whether resurfacing is an option. It’s certainly possible to conduct you own inspection of the deck, keeping an eye out for wobbly support beams and loose connections between pieces. Rotting or warped boards beneath the surface of the deck are another telltale sign that your deck is beyond salvaging.

But seeking a professional assessment, for most homeowners, is the only way to be certain. Having inspected thousands of decks, professionals will be able to make an accurate judgement call on whether your deck can be resurfaced or refinished—or whether a complete tear down is the only option.

If resurfacing or refinishing are an option, it will be good news. National statistics show very strong levels of homeowner satisfaction with resurfacing and refinishing projects, and the cost is usually a fraction of what it costs to design and build a grand new deck.

Many homeowners are skeptical of deck companies who offer assessments, and for good reason. Some companies will give partial or skewed information in order to secure a contract—but the most qualified and reputable deck specialists (those with quality feedback from past customers) will give you the straight story on your ailing deck, and leave the decision entirely in your hands.

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.”