Should I Have My Deck Resurfaced or Build a New One?

trex-transcend-tiki-torch-reveal-black-winchesterOutdoor decks are one of the most rewarding home additions out there. In fact, when decks are designed and installed by qualified professionals, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last 10, 15 or even 20 years with proper maintenance.

But what if your deck isn’t looking so hot? What if the surface is withered and cracked? If you’re fed up with your deck’s appearance and feel it’s time to do something about it, you’ll want to proceed with care. The options available to you will depend on the condition of your deck—not only on the surface, but underneath.

Is your deck structurally sound?

If the foundation and framing of your outdoor deck are in bad condition, you’ll have two basic options.

Rebuild parts of the old deck, attempting to salvage areas that are still functional
Tear it down completely and build a brand new deck

Starting fresh is probably your best option if the deck in question is more than 15-20 years old, and is in very poor structural condition. It’s often cheaper and safer to simply get rid of the past and focus on the future.

On the other hand, there are many cases in which the foundation and framing are fine. There are no major structural problems with the deck; it’s just that the surface and/or railings are withered and worn, having lost their fresh appearance long ago. Improper maintenance might also have something to do with it.

In such cases, deck resurfacing becomes a serious option. This is because the costs and stresses involved in resurfacing your deck are much lower than building a brand new one. Why? Because the deck itself remains in place. Only the floorboards, and possibly the railings, are replaced. The result is a sturdier structure and a fresh new appearance that will last for years to come.

But does it last?

Deck resurfacing is a highly skilled trade that requires years of experience and training. But when it’s done right, the results are surprising—not only because they change the appearance of the deck so drastically, but because they reduce maintenance requirements and extend the overall lifespan of the structure.

When consulting a qualified deck resurfacing specialist, you’ll learn about the different materials that can be used to resurface your deck. Basically your choice is between pressure treated lumber and composite material. Both are incredibly durable and low-maintenance (especially composite, which costs more), and a specialist will be able to explain the pros and cons in detail. The age and design of your house will also play a part in which material you should choose.

Overall, deck resurfacing is the most effective and affordable solution—provided your deck is structurally sound.

How will I know what to do?

The best course of action is to research local deck resurfacing or deck building specialists and ask for an honest inspection of your deck. Reputable companies will provide this service at low cost, if not free of charge. If the foundation and framing are found to be in good condition, resurfacing may be the best way to bring your deck back to life without breaking the bank.

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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.”