The question of experience is important in basically every industry and business sector you care to mention. Sure, there’s a value to someone who is inexperienced and has bright ideas about the future. But in the real world of business, experience matters. There’s really no way around this.
When it comes to projects that involve your home and property value, such as remodeling or new construction, experience plays a particularly important role in defining what your results will be. This is also true for outdoor decks, and deck resurfacing in particular.
In case you didn’t know, deck resurfacing is the process of removing the surface of a deck and fitting it with brand new surface materials, while retaining the “old” underlying structure or frame of the deck. It’s popular for a number of reasons. First, it’s a lot more economical than tearing down an old deck and building a new one from scratch. Second, it gives you that “brand new” look and feel. It allows you to completely renew and refresh the appearance of your deck at a fraction of the cost. For a lot of homeowners, this is a very attractive option.
But in order to get the result you want, it’s crucial to hire the right specialist. And as we mentioned, experience is a huge factor. Since deck resurfacing is a relatively new type of renovation, any number of contractors may have popped up in your area. Some of them have years of experience with outdoor decks of all types, and some don’t.
The bottom line is that you can feel a lot better about the contractor you choose if they have at least ten years of experience in the outdoor decking business — with at least five years of dedicated experience in deck resurfacing. You want a contractor with a wide range of experience — someone who was building decks from scratch long before deck resurfacing was even a commercial option. Why? Because deck resurfacing relies on a working knowledge of decks in general. If the underlying structure of the deck is not sound, the reality is that your deck should not be resurfaced. Only an experienced outdoor deck specialist can properly determine whether resurfacing is an option in the first place — much less complete the job to a high professional standard. Without the requisite experience, your contractor is much more likely to make mistakes that cost you time and money in the end. This simply isn’t the situation you want. Outdoor decking and deck resurfacing is a service you want to be able to rely on without giving it too much thought after the fact.
Finding the right solution for your resurfacing project
There is probably a contractor in your area who has the experience, tools, and professionalism needed to exceed your expectations in terms of deck resurfacing — but finding this contractor may take a little digging. Be meticulous in searching for reputable, well-reviewed contractors who communicate well and offer written guarantees of their work. The more effort you put into finding the right contractor, the better your chances of achieving a result that absolutely exceeds your expectations as a homeowner.