Boat Decks: Teak vs Synthetic Teak
One of the most eye-catching boats at the Newport boat show last fall, the Scandinavian Cruiser 20, is a fast daysailer with a narrow hull and a traditional teak deck.
Since the advent of fiberglass boat production, sailors have had a love-hate relationship with teak decks. On the one hand, they provide a good nonskid surface and add a feeling of warmth to a boat’s appearance. On the other, teak is expensive and time-consuming to maintain.
By contrast, synthetic teak decking can be installed at a fraction of the cost—30 to 50 percent less, depending on the job—and requires almost no maintenance to keep it from splitting or going gray. It is also much “greener,” in that it doesn’t involve harvesting tropical hardwood.
Today’s synthetic teak decks are made of textured PVC plastic, so there’s no way for things like red wine or fish guts to soak in and cause problems.
Synthetic teak also has excellent nonskid properties, reportedly providing an even better grip when wet than actual teak.
Composite Boat Decking FAQs
What’s a Non-migrating Plasticizer?
All types of plastic contain oils or plasticizers. These oils are usually free to move around within the plastic. They will migrate to the surface where they can be washed away, or the plasticizers will migrate to the bottom of the material and compromise the glue bond.
The oils in our PVC plastic will not migrate because the oils are locked in place. That means that the our pvc boat deck won dry out, crack, or crumble over time and the pvc deck will retain its superior adhesion. This proprietary process is so unique that pvc boat deck material and boat deck material have been awarded two US patents. Non-migrating plasticizers can’t be found in other synthetic decking products on the market.
Will Composite Boat Deck Fade?
Boat deck raw materials contains the highest UV protection available and this protection is mixed throughout the material, not just on the surface. This UV protection is automotive grade, which is the same type used in modern automotive plastics. Our boat deck will retain its vivid teak-like appearance for many years. Look at our weather testing to see how well marine deck holds up when exposed to the elements.