Five Telltale Signs Your Deck Needs to be Resurfaced

IMG_0196Outdoor decks take lots of abuse. It comes from the elements such as UV rays, rain, and snow. It comes from constant use. And it comes from a lack of routine maintenance.

Why is it important for homeowners to pay attention to routine outdoor deck maintenance? Because minor problems can turn into much bigger—and more expensive—setbacks. However, if your deck is old or hasn’t been given the proper amount of care, then it may be time to consider resurfacing.

Resurfacing is an option for homeowners whose decks are weathered and damaged on the surface but still structurally sound. The foundation and framing is not damaged, but the surfaces need professional TLC. How do you know your deck needs to be resurfaced? Here are 5 signs.

1. The wood has decayed or moldy

Rain, snow, and ice can sit on old wood or plastic decking boards, eventually soaking into the boards and causing decay. When looking for signs of decay or rot, make sure your deck resurfacing specialist checks the entire deck, including the ledger board, support posts, deck boards, joists, railings, and stairs. If the structure of the deck has not been damaged, then you can resurface your deck as opposed to building a new deck altogether.

Soft and spongy boards are a sign of rotting and decay. You may also find localized damage around things like plant containers. Water may have overflowed from the container regularly, and the boards underneath may have started to decay. The deck boards will be discolored, damp, and soft under or around the container.

2. The wood is cracking, splintering, or lifting

It’s smart to address problems like these as soon as you notice them, since they will only get worse over time, and you may eventually be compelled to resurface or even replace your deck. Small cracks can be sanded down and resealed, but if there is a large split on the board or large cracks on multiple boards, it’s safer to replace the boards.

3. Boards are swollen and warped

Rain can cause deck boards to swell and warp. The ends of the boards can bend upwards, causing fasteners to come dislodged. This problem can often be solved—in an efficient and economical way—through professional deck resurfacing.

4. There are loose fasteners

Fasteners include nails, anchors, and screws. As time passes they can become loose—and when they do, moisture can get into the deck board and cause rot. This can even affect a deck’s stability.

5. You have termite damage

If you have termite damage in your deck boards, you may have to replace them. There are several signs to look for. First, look for tunnels. Termites create tunnels from the ground to the wood; they’re usually about the width of a pencil with flat tops. Large numbers of termite wings on the ground may also indicate an infestation. Lastly, you may have termite damage if your wood floors feel springy when you walk on them. The boards will also sound hollow when you tap on them, due to the tunnels the termites have made inside. However, it’s important that termite damage is caught early and is only in a small area of the deck. Otherwise you may have to tear down and start over using composite materials that termites cannot eat.

Is it time to resurface your deck?

There may come a time when your once-vibrant and shiny deck falls into disrepair and needs to be resurfaced. Look for signs such as decay, mold, termite damage, swollen boards, and loose fasteners. It’s important to determine whether the damage is contained to the boards and railings, or whether the structure of the deck is also compromised. If the foundation and framing is damaged, your deck may have to be replaced. A qualified deck resurfacing specialist in your area should be able to provide a detailed assessment and give you the answers you need.

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

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“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!!!”

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