How Easy is Building an New Outdoor Deck?

It seems like everywhere you look these days, homeowners are trying new projects. Specifically, they’re trying home renovation projects on their own. And why not? YouTube and other social media sites offer a plethora of instructions for any project you can name, and in many cases the information is very good.

But some projects are still questionable, in terms of whether you can (or should) go the DIY route. Outdoor decks would definitely fall into that category. They seem like very simple structures, and in some ways, they are. Building one from scratch should be relatively easy to do on your own. But is it? Here are some ways in which a hiring a professional makes the job a lot easier.

1. Getting the design right

Planning and designing is an extremely important part of the process. It ensures that your deck stays on schedule and on budget. It prevents unwanted surprises later in the construction process, and addresses variables and potential issues that might come up.

Knowing how to follow instructions is a great skill, but there are aspects of planning an outdoor deck that can only be perfected through years of experience and training. The best professionals know how to expedite the planning process without cutting corners, so that your new outdoor deck is meticulously designed and planned before the first plank is installed.

2. Breezing through the paperwork

Local and state building codes can be difficult to get right, depending on where you live. So many DIY projects are interrupted, or even cancelled, due to the fact that the correct permits have not been obtained, or because the work itself does not meet local codes and ordinances. Any upstanding professional will take this side of things off of your plate completely. They’ll make sure that any and all necessary building permits are obtained, and that all regulations are strictly met. For many homeowners, not having to navigate the bureaucratic side of things is, in itself, enough to warrant professional help.

3. Results you can count on

What’s the main advantage to hiring a professional? Well, we’ve covered the planning process, and the important issue of satisfying local and state laws. But professional work really shines when you start looking at the final results. Many homeowners take pride in their DIY efforts, and enjoy the process of building a deck themselves. The question is, what kind results can they realistically expect, having never designed or built an outdoor deck before?

That’s not to say that some homeowners (particularly those who are talented builders with plenty of experience in other types of renovation and construction) can’t turn out a beautiful outdoor deck. But the reality is, professional work is consistent and dependable. More than that, it’s noticeable! The best local pros have built hundreds, maybe even thousands of outdoor decks. They know how to make the process go smoothly from beginning to end. The final results and workmanship, moreover, should be guaranteed in writing.

Hire a pro, or go DIY?

For some people, DIY outdoor deck building is a real option. But for the majority, hiring a professional to get the job done has too many great benefits to pass up.

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.”