Frequently Asked Questions
DeckGuru was tasked with the important mission of serving the everyday homeowner. Most people are not looking to fund a $10,000 remodel project, but simply want to be able to enjoy the outdoors with their family again.
Over the years, we at DeckGuru have perfected the art of deck restoration. While most companies cut corners to increase profit margins, we never do! In fact, for a similarly affordable price, we’re able to provide a longer-lasting and more weather-resistant deck restoration.
As a TrexPro Platinum contractor, we believe Trex composite decking is the best option for anyone looking to upgrade their wood deck. For wood decks, we use premium #1 pressure treated lumber which provides tighter grain, fewer knots, and overall better appearance than what you typically find at the “big box” stores. For decking that we stain, we use KDAT lumber, which is kiln-dried after treatment and ready to accept a stain on day one- no waiting for the lumber to “season” or dry out.
Composite decking gets its name because it’s made up of several different parts. More specifically, it’s made from a combination of wood fibers, plastic, and other additives. Depending on the specific composite decking brand you choose, the majority of these ingredients are sourced from recycled materials, making a more eco-friendly choice than other decking materials.
Generally speaking, you can get either uncapped or capped composite decking, however, the capped option is much more popular. That’s because capped decking comes with a durable cover that bonds to the core of the material.
This helps give it extra protection from fading, staining, mold growth, and pest infestations that uncapped decking doesn’t have.
Here at DeckGuru, we have a team of experts ready for your installation. Unlike other contractors who go out and do handiwork and odd jobs, our crew members are specialized and focused only on decks so we are able to provide the best experience possible.
Materials Warranties: The products we use offer strong manufacturer warranties. Trex offers a 25-year limited warranty, and Sherwin Williams offers multi-year warranties (depending on the product chosen).
Labor Warranty: When you choose Deck Guru, you’re working with a TrexPro Platinum certified contractor. We offer a 1-year labor on workmanship, and every Trex installation includes an extended labor warranty!
For additional info and details, please visit the Warranty Page.
Deck Restoration: When the condition of your existing decking boards is beyond salvageable, we provide complete deck restoration services, in which we replace the old, damaged wood floorboards with lower maintenance, KDAT pressure-treated wood or composite materials.
Deck Replacement: If your existing deck is old, shabby, and a maintenance nightmare, you don’t have to tear it all down and start over. You can simply remodel it with new decking, rails, and stairs, saving you tons of money in the long run!
Deck Upgrades: When upgrading your deck, we follow a similar process as when we are replacing it. The difference is the finished materials. You can upgrade your deck to a composite decking material.
Of course this depends on the size of your deck and the scope of the project. But for a 14’x16’ (~225 SqFt) deck, we can replace both the decking and railing with composite in just a few days.
Yes! Trex Decking is a sustainable building material.
The biggest way that Trex practices sustainability is that it makes its products out of 95% recycled materials. Its deck boards are made from recycled wood pulp and plastic film, totaling more than 850 million pounds of recycled materials and scrap in an average year.
Aside from using plastic recyclables in its products, Trex is also committed to sourcing sustainable wood for its products. So, instead of cutting down trees to make its decking materials, the company uses reclaimed wood products instead.
Trex maintains its commitment to sustainability beyond just the materials it uses. The company also operates using a green manufacturing process, forgoing the use of smokestacks to help reduce carbon emissions into the environment.
Composite is generally more expensive up front, but depending on the product you choose the difference might surprise you. Consider that wood is a natural product that will break down over time. Cracks will appear in deck boards, and will inevitably need to be repaired and re-coated. Factor in the virtual maintenance-free decking from Trex… you might think wood is actually more expensive and full of headaches than composite!
While composite decking does not need much work in the way of maintenance, you should still care for your deck. Be sure to sweep the deck often to remove any dirt that may gather on the surface. Composite decking is designed to resist water and the rot associated with wood decking. You should, however, still do what you can to minimize standing liquid like puddles.
With any deck, be sure to do an inspection at least once a year to ensure nothing is wrong and you get the most out of it.