Resurfaced Decks vs. Brand New Decks: An Honest Comparison -

The choice between new and used is something we deal with in so many different ways as homeowners and consumers. We think about whether to buy a new or used electronics, clothing, bicycles, and basically any other type of product. Many people also find themselves choosing between a pre-owned home and the idea of building a brand-new home. This choice between saving money and buying something use or spending a little more for something brand-new is truly common choice in most peoples lives.

When it comes to outdoor decks, people really haven’t dealt with this choice – at least not historically. You can’t really purchase a used outdoor deck, after all. Either you build a brand-new deck or you make efforts to restore, clean or beautify your existing deck. Traditionally, your options in this department are somewhat limited.

Now we have an entirely new option: Resurfacing an existing outdoor deck. This is exciting because it effectively allows homeowners to have the look and feel of a brand-new deck without putting in the time or money required to actually tear down the existing structure and build something new in its place.

So now homeowners are faced with another choice. It’s not exactly “new versus used,” but it’s in the same neighborhood. So how does resurfacing your outdoor deck measure up to building a brand-new one? How can these two options be honestly compared?

Any reputable dealer or builder will tell you that it all comes down to the circumstances. If the underlying frame of your existing deck is in good shape, and you are perfectly happy with your existing deck’s design and shape, resurfacing is a way to make it like new without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that deck resurfacing involves completely new materials forming the entire surface of the deck, including the handrails and stairs. It’s like a new “skin” over the old deck’s supporting bones. A skilled specialist will pay special attention to the overall safety and integrity of the deck before, during and after the resurfacing project.

The other option is to tear that old deck down and start new, with fresh ideas and materials from the ground up. Obviously this is another attractive option, especially when the old deck is too dilapidated or damaged to save, or when the design is not really preferred by the homeowner. It also gives you the opportunity to go in a different direction in terms of design, perhaps incorporating some of the more exciting new outdoor deck designs in modern home architecture.

Looking for guidance on your outdoor deck?

Sometimes having the right experts in your corner can make all the difference. A reputable deck builder will be able to determine whether your deck is eligible for resurfacing, and will be able to give you valuable advice on which type of project represents the best investment in your particular case. Sometimes, a weathered old deck is too far gone to be resurfaced, and it makes more sense to start from scratch. But in those cases where resurfacing is possible, the results can truly surprise you.

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.”