How to Know if Your Backyard Deck is Suitable for Resurfacing

Deck resurfacing has certainly been getting a lot of attention in the home renovation world, and there are great reasons for this. In the past, if you wanted to have a brand new look and feel for your outdoor deck, you had to start from scratch and actually build a brand new deck from the ground up. This process may also have included tearing down and disposing an old or decrepit deck that no longer served any purpose – in which case the time and cost involved would climb even higher.

But now there is another option. If the support structure that holds up your old deck is still in good shape, it’s possible to strip all the surface materials (including stairs and railings) and resurface the deck. The whole enterprise becomes a whole lot more economical when you can re-use the existing support structure – and the final appearance of the deck will be brand new.

This does not mean, obviously, that a deck resurfacing company can simply come over to your house, strip the surface off of your deck, and start the project immediately. It would be reckless to put new surfaces on old support structures without making absolute certain that those old support structures are safe and suitable to have their lives extended with a brand new surface.

The first thing a deck resurfacing contractor will do when they start inspecting your backyard deck is start looking at the integrity of the frame and support structure. These have to be assessed very thoroughly if an accurate determination is to be made as to whether or not deck resurfacing is an option. To cut corners at this stage in the process would be to comprise the safety standards of the structure itself, and this simply cannot be done. The homeowner is building or resurfacing an outdoor deck in order to enjoy it, to entertain, maybe even to do yoga or other exercises. Above all else, it has to be determined that the structure is very strong and safe; that the materials are in excellent condition; that the connectors and fasteners are all fully functional and up-to-date. There are often situations in which minor repairs and upgrades are necessary before deck resurfacing can continue – but part of the contractor’s job is to make absolute certain that resurfacing is a safe and viable option. Otherwise, demolition and starting fresh is the only way forward.

Selecting a deck resurfacing contractor can be a challenge in itself. Given the surging popularity of resurfaced outdoor decks, there are suddenly a lot of different contractors to choose from. From a common sense point of view, you’d want to find a company who has been experienced in building and repairing backyard decks for years before resurfacing (especially with the advent of composite materials that last longer and require less maintenance) was ever a booming industry. At the same time, you want to look for companies who have been resurfacing decks since the beginning and have a thorough understanding of all aspects of deck building.

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.”