The Three Biggest Mistakes in Deck Resurfacing

IMG_3339It’s no longer the case that your beat up, weathered old deck needs to be torn down and re-built. Not necessarily, at least. Advances in technology, skill, and safety have brought deck resurfacing to the forefront for many homeowners. It offers a safe, reliable way to restore your outdoor deck without having to invest in tearing down the old construction and starting from scratch. This is a huge relief for many homeowners whose decks are in serious need of upgrades.

What is deck resurfacing? Essentially, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The surface of the deck, including the floorboards and often the railings and stairway structures, are completely stripped and replaced with fresh new materials, whether composite or natural wood. The underlying framework of the deck is left in place. Deck resurfacing specialists will conduct detailed inspections of the deck’s support structures before deciding whether resurfacing is an option. If resurfacing is possible, homeowners can basically have a brand new deck at a fraction of the cost.

But like any specialized trade, deck resurfacing requires a high level of expertise. It requires experience, training, and a specific set of tools. Most homeowners choose to look for professional help, but there are a small percentage who try deck resurfacing on their own.

Whether you’re talking about DIY or professional deck resurfacing, there are a number of big mistakes people commonly make, costing both time and money.

1. Resurfacing the deck when the underlying structure is unsafe

Deck resurfacing is all about safety. If the frame and support structure of the deck are in good stead, resurfacing is an option. If not, resurfacing can be dangerous. Whether you’re going the DIY or professional route, it’s still important to bring in an outdoor deck specialist to conduct a detailed safety inspection. When it comes to resurfacing your deck, safety is an absolute priority. Beginning a resurfacing project without proper safety checks is the single most dangerous deck resurfacing mistakes you can make.

2. Using the same material

There’s a reason your deck is in rough shape—it may have to do with poor maintenance, or it may be related to the quality the material used. Either way, there’s a strong argument for choosing a better, stronger material such as composite or a better variety of PT lumber. Using the same material over again, and failing to maintain it, will land you right back where you started in a few years’ time.

3. Overlooking the better contractor

There can be a significant difference in skill and training amongst competing contractors who specialist in deck resurfacing. Making a smart choice involves a bit of research, but it’s worth it. The best contractors will have solid reputations backed by consistent reviews, clear fee structures, and expert answers to your questions about deck resurfacing projects.

Steering clear of common mistakes

Even though deck resurfacing is (in many cases) a much better and more affordable option than complete deck replacement, it still represents a long-term investment that homeowners take seriously. Avoiding these common mistakes is a great way to keep your deck resurfacing project on the up-and-up.

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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.”