How Does Deck Resurfacing Actually Work? -

Your deck has provided an ideal venue for all of your summer relaxing and socializing. From grilling with your family, providing a supervised play place for kids, or entertaining guests, your deck has seen it all. It’s inevitable that after so many years years, your deck will look a little (sometimes a lot) worse for wear.

There are a number of options for giving a facelift to a weathered outdoor deck. While a newish deck can be spruced up with a little sanding and refinishing, an older deck might not be structurally sound and will need to be replaced altogether. And what about decks that are somewhere in the middle? In these cases, deck resurfacing is a great option.

What is deck resurfacing?

Deck resurfacing entails replacing the exterior floor boards and hand rails of your current deck, while leaving the foundational structure intact. Since the exterior boards come in contact with the natural elements and the wear and tear of daily use much more than the underlying structure, they’re likely to need replacing more often. Resurfacing can be a great option because it is more cost effective than replacing an entire deck, while still giving the look of a brand new structure. So just how does deck resurfacing work?

Deck resurfacing process

The first step in resurfacing a deck is to assess the soundness of the underlying deck structure, checking the joist spacing and quality of the wood. It’s imperative to solicit expert advice for this step in order to determine if your deck structure is still sound. Not only is resurfacing a deck whose frame is unstable dangerous, but you’ll essentially be throwing away your money attaching brand new boards to a foundation that doesn’t have much life left.

Once an expert has deemed your deck a good candidate for resurfacing, they’ll remove the old floorboards, railings, and stairs, leaving the foundation and frame in place. With your deck stripped down to the bare bones, your contractor will ensure that joists are level with one another so that new boards lie evenly on the existing frame. Occasionally, joists may have warped with time and moisture and will need to be shaved or replaced to ensure an even foundation.

Finally, your deck resurfacing specialist will be ready to lay the new floorboards and attach railings. While in most cases you can use any wood or composite boards on your existing frame, it’s best to check with your specialist to ensure that the design and material you have in mind is compatible.

Finding a Qualified Deck Resurfacing Company

If you think your deck might be in need of resurfacing, check with a specialist to make sure. A deck resurfacing specialist will be able to check the structure and frame of your deck to confirm that it is in stable condition and is worth keeping. A resurfacing company will also be able to recommend the best board replacements for your space and lifestyle, and will be able to complete the job leaving your deck looking like new, ready for years more of outdoor enjoyment.

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.”