A Closer Look at the Deck Resurfacing Process

img_2889When people first hear about deck resurfacing and the benefits that go along with it, they often get excited. This is understandable, since resurfacing is a process that can restore your deck to a “like new” appearance for a fraction of the cost of building a new deck. Rather than having to put up with a withering old deck, or pay big money to tear it down and build a new one, people can simply have their outdoor deck resurfaced with brand new materials. It looks fantastic, lasts for years/decades, and it’s very budget-friendly.

But it’s not quite that simple, and deck resurfacing doesn’t work in every case. Before you plan on having your deck resurfaced, it’s always a good idea to bring in a specialist who can determine whether or not the deck is fit for resurfacing. After all, it’s no good installing a brand new surface if the underlying construction of the deck is unsafe, weak or even rotten. The integrity of the structure has to be confirmed beyond any doubt before a resurfacing project can go forward.

But let’s assume your deck is cleared for resurfacing. What happens then?

Well, first off, your’e going to want a seasoned professional on the job. Someone who has resurfaced a lot of decks in the past, and has generated a substantial amount of positive customer feedback. Although resurfacing is a modest investment compared to building a brand new deck, it still costs over $1000 in most cases. For that kind of money, you want to make sure you’re putting capable people on the job.

Once you’ve hired a reputable deck resurfacing specialist, the process can move ahead fairly quickly. A final safety inspection will ensure that all the connections and underlying framework of the deck are sound and ready for resurfacing. The contractor will then have to make sure that local building permits, if needed, are obtained and that local building regulations are observed.

The existing surface of the deck is then meticulously removed and thrown away. This includes the floorboards, stairs, and railings on most cases. A complete deck resurfacing means that all of the visible “surface” of the deck is replaced with fresh, uniform material.

A further examination of the substructure will commence, as the removal of the deck’s surface may reveal things that weren’t previously seen. Problem areas will be addressed before moving ahead to next step, which is the installation of new surfaces and railings directly on top of the old substructure. Finally, the work site will be cleaned up and any safety hazards removed before the project is signed off.

Finding a specialist who does it right

As you can see, deck resurfacing isn’t something that should be done casually. It requires a detailed process and strict adherence to building and safety codes. Getting a fantastic result on your deck resurfacing project won’t come about automatically, but if you have an experienced and reputable outdoor deck specialist on your side, you can be confident that your resurfaced deck will exceed expectations.

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.”