How Do I Know If It’s Safe to Resurface My Deck?

As the old saying goes, time is money. But is that true? It depends on the situation. For example, when you’re racking up a big bill at a nice restaurant, but you’re having a nice time, is it worth the money? This is more of a subjective question.

But what about something like building a new deck, or deck resurfacing? What is your time worth? For example, it takes time to find the best deck builder in your area. It may not take much time, but some research will be required. Once you’ve partnered with a reputable pro, you should see both your time and your money maximized. The deck comes together quickly, built to your specifications. The builder may even suggest features or options you may not have considered – but their main goal will always be to work within your timeframe and budget to deliver the best result possible, and leave you happy.

On the other hand, you could resurface a deck yourself. How hard can it be? You’ve read about it, maybe even watched instructional content on YouTube. You tallied up your costs, and have come up with a good estimate of how much money it will cost to procure all the necessary materials.

But a more important question (something you should always ask first) is: Can my deck be safely resurfaced? The single most important thing about starting any deck resurfacing project is ascertaining the safety of the underlying frame and structure o the deck. If you put a fresh surface and fresh railings on a dilapidated, rotting, or otherwise structurally unsound frame, what’s going to happen? At best, your deck will need to be demolished soon. At worse, it will present a safety hazard to your family and friends.

The decking material you choose will also have an impact on the lifespan of your resurfaced deck. Composite materials used in outdoor decking are only becoming more refined and more effective as the years go by, and natural wood can no longer compete with the low maintenance and sheer longevity of composite. That said, many people still prefer natural wood for aesthetic reasons.

Who to call for deck resurfacing

Not every deck builder is also a deck resurfacing specialist, although many contractors do offer both services. In fact, many of the most skilled deck resurfacing professionals are also deck builders – this gives them a deeper understanding of all the different facets of building and resurfacing decks.

You may not be able to tell at a glance whether your deck is a good candidate for resurfacing. Things might look and feel sturdy, but unless you really know what to look for, you could be missing out on important details. A seasoned professional can help with this. By conducting a detailed safety inspection of your deck, they can give you a solid and dependable idea of whether or not deck resurfacing will work. If the deck can be resurfaced, congratulations! You now have an opportunity for a deck that looks and feels brand new, at a fraction of the cost.

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.”