Synthetic Teak Decking material by Dek-King ® for Boats,Yachts, Ribs, Pool areas, Balconies
What is Synthetic Teak ? We can say that in a way, Synthetic teak is upgraded wood decking as fiberglass was for wooden boats. The products we offer are designed and manufactured with minimal maintenance in mind, so you can spend more time enjoying your boat. Decks laid with our Dek-King synthetic boat flooring will look and feel just like high quality natural wood material. The color is as natural as timber, and uniform throughout in thickness. The graining is indistinguishable from its traditional wood forerunner and features benefits unmatched by traditional wood. Our alternative composite profiles are fully UV stabilized and do not crack, rot or gray or dent and requires no oiling, staining, varnishing or scraping - a deck laid with Dek-King is virtually maintenance free !
Staining & Maintenance
Our PVC Synthetic teak is non-porous. Fish blood and Red wine are easily washed away with soap and water. Routine cleaning, as with any living space, will keep your deck looking its best. Our material may be pressure washed - unlike traditional wood teak laid marine decks.
Boat and Pontoon Fendering materials
Our range of boat fendering profiles covers all types of craft; from dinghies to luxury motor boats to traditional Gulf manufactured fishing boats. If you are unsure which type of profile you require please contact us and we will offer advice on selecting the fendering profile to meet your particular requirements. We also supply replacement inserts, window rubbers, edging trims and end caps. Our latest range of fendering was created with traditional boating materials firmly in mind; thus capturing the beauty of wood whilst removing the maintenance!
The finished appearance of our Traditional Range produces a stunningly convincing wood grain effect. Combined with the inherent qualities of PVC the Traditional Range provides the perfect alternative to traditional wooden rubbing strakes.
Our Synthetic Materials are proudly produced and manufactured in the UK by Wilks who have been in the PVC business since 1972. Top quality is Guaranteed.
Main Advantages ....
- Virtually maintenance free
- Requires no scraping or oiling
- Costs less than real wood flooring
- Does not rot, fade, crack or gray
- Has non-slip properties even when wet
- Has excellent soundproofing properties
- Is lighter in weight than real wood
- Easy to fit - no special tools required
- Is stain proof. Red wine & fish blood washes away easily with soap and water
- It can be power washed
- Does not dent
- Is sandable
So what is it and what are the advantages?
Besides the advantages mentioned above, DEK-KING is an excellent, high quality composite synthetic teak alternative because it looks and feels like the traditional wood for boats but is much cheaper and requires less maintenance. DEK-KING® is a PVC deck material that is easy to look after and which does not lose its good looks to the harsh conditions and sunlight. Our product is fully UV stabilized and has passed the harsh heat tests in Dubai (installed on water taxis) and the Middle East and in India (installed on boat houses) . It is also widely used in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and now also in Australia. Many Yachts, Boats, Cruisers, Super Yachts had their decks laid with our product.
Our profiles, due to its flexibility will conform to surfaces which are not flat. You can fix our material to almost any surface including GRP, Steel and Timber. All you need to complete the installation is a sharp craft knife, an adhesive spreader and patience. Besides the material and adhesives, we can also supply the tools required for the installation.
Install it on your deck, foredeck, tender garage, swim platform, boat flooring, bathing platform or stairs. Our material can also be used on pool decks, balconies, Spa areas and in industrial areas where excellent non slip flooring is required. DEK-KING® is ideal for either boat builders or DIY (Do it yourself installations). It is supplied in easy to manage strips or 10m coils and is extremely easy to install. Extrusions are generally supplied in 2.25m lengths. 9 x 2.25m lengths will cover 1 sq meter and 1 x 10m coil will cover 0.5 sq meters.
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We are the leading suppliers and fitters of teak-effect boat decking, enhancing the looks whilst significantly reducing maintenance. Apart from Marine use, our alternative decking is ideal for all areas around swimming pools, hot tubs, patio and terraces. You can even install it in your bathroom for a very smart and warm effect.
Swim Platform with our teak-effect synthetic decking Excellent non slip properties, even when wet, does not fade, crack, dent or rot.
Beautifully laid yacht decking pvc teak installation: Our product will enhance the look and value of the boat at a manageable cost
No sanding, no oiling, no cracking ... does not stain with red wine or fish bloodLooks and Feels like traditional teak but requires minimal maintenance
Dek-King Fully UV Stabilized, does not stain easily - red wine & fish blood rinse off quickly
Synthetic Material used ....
The material used for DEK-KING® is of an outdoor
grade PVC that is UV stabilized and contains a
colour fast pigment and inbuilt graining effect that
is totally convincing and will therefore retain its
classic looks for many years. Combined with the
integral dark caulking edge the result will look like
a traditional craftsman laid deck. We are aware of how small the boating community is so we know how important it is to exceed the expectations of each and every customer. We strive to turn every new customer into an advertisement for our us and the products we sell. Your boat deserves the best; it deserves Dek-king !
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DEK-KING® can be easily fitted by the amateur and professional alike. Simply join the strips together using the tongue and groove joint and bond with the Stelmax adhesive to create a continuous area of decking ready to be adhered to your deck. Our “tongue and groove” design has proven to be far easier to install than other synthetic teak flooring materials and allows the adhesive to be pushed into the seam for a more cohesive and watertight deck. The average “handyman” will appreciate that the material cuts easily with a sharp utility knife.
Our products have been on the market since 1973. Many of the worlds leading boat builders use our profiles and our customer base spans the globe. We stock a wide range of fendering profiles for boat and pontoon applications as well as accessories for other marine uses Our vast stock of profiles rages from flexible PVC, rigid PVC, PVR, stainless steel, aluminum and rubber. We can also supply to meet individual trade requirements.Please click here to read more
We have added our latest range of fendering with traditional boating materials firmly in mind; thus capturing the beauty of wood whilst removing the maintenance!
The finished appearance of our Traditional Range produces a stunningly convincing woodgrain effect. Combined with the inherent qualities of PVC the Traditional Range provides the perfect alternative to traditional wooden rubbing strakes.
Having manufactured PVC fendering since the 70’s we can attest to the material’s suitability to the marine environment. Outstanding features of the Traditional Range which will strike a chord with all users are:
- UV resistant
- non-marking properties
- ease of installation
- low maintenance
- superior performance
- lower costs
Our Traditional Range is manufactured out of 100% recycled PVC so not only do the profiles look good whilst providing great in-use performance but they actually reduce the volume of waste being taken to landfill... and of course saves trees!
The Traditional Range is available in a choice of two finishes:
1) Factory Finish - plain extrusion ready to be hand sanded in order to achieve the desired wood grain effect. We recommend 40 grit sandpaper.
2) Woodgrain Finish - all the hard work has already been done meaning that your chosen profile simply needs to be fitted as per our regular range of fendering.
We feel that by offering this new range of products we help to bridge the needs of maintaining a traditional looking finish whilst giving the levels of performance that are only achievable through the use of modern materials.
The Traditional Range provides durable and subtle fendering for wooden boats as well as offering a contemporary accent to modern builds.
Environmental Concerns, Fuel Economy, Choice ...
Environmental concerns have driven the price of hardwood teak up every year with no end in sight. High quality slow growth woods are almost impossible to find and farm. raised woods just don't have the same properties of "wild" woods. Our Dek-king material weighs less than wood which translates into better fuel economy and better top speeds, plus you will not have to drill your whole deck during installation. Whether you are replacing your existing wooden deck or just want to add a touch of class to your boat, DEK-KING is, without any doubt , the best products of choice.
We have the equipment, the expertise, and the experience necessary to do a wide variety of custom installations on vessels ranging in size from small jet skis to very large yachts.
Whether you want, just a swim platform done or your entire boat, we will work with you from start to finish to make sure the project is done to your expectations and satisfaction.
Further reading on Natural Teak and comparisons with Synthetic Teak replacement decking and installation pros and cons - Advantages and Disadvantages.
Natural teak has long been a material of choice for boat building. Over time, if not exposed to pollutants, teak gradually ages to an attractive silver gray color. It provides an excellent natural non-skid surface. Natural teak decking isn't without its downsides, though. From an environmental standpoint, natural teak comes from forests that are in real danger of depletion. This factor makes teak an expensive material. Soot, air and water pollutants and spills can stain and discolor the deck in short order. Periodical oiling and sending is essential to keep the teak looking nice.
A natural deck can be washed, but power washing will easily erode the wood. Teak oils and various protective treatments can help preserve the appearance of a teak deck, but tend to commit boat owners to continuing periodic treatments. This defeats much of the purpose of using teak in the first place. Further, many treatments sharply reduce the teak's anti-skid properties, and others can give your deck a painted look. Bleaches and chemical cleaners work—at least to some extent—but tend to remove the oils that made teak the choice in the first place.
The time-honored practice of sanding the teak's surface was a much more practical approach when decks were solid teak and crews had lots of time on their hands. Modern teak decking is thin enough so that frequent sanding just isn't feasible, although occasional sanding can be called for if the surface is severely stained or scarred. Sanding can present further problems if the sandpaper picks up objects like caulking material and deposits it in the teak's grain.
Real Wood decks, while providing excellent skid resistance when dry, aren't quite as good when wet. Installing wood decking is time consuming and fussy job, usually involving drilling holes in the fiberglass deck for screws to hold the teak deck designs in place while it's being glued down. There's also a good deal of caulking to do each joint where planks meet must be caulked to keep water from getting under the decking and lifting it. And teak isn't particularly flexible, so dealing with curves and/or arched decks can be tricky.
Synthetic options, like our Dek-King have made it possible to enjoy the look, durability, and feel of natural teak decking without many of the problems. Hence this write-up. PVC teak decking looks and feels amazingly like natural teak, and has some distinct advantages over natural teak in terms of installation, cost, and maintenance. Rounded edge pieces, or "margin boards" make for a neat installation. Because our synthetic teak decking measures just 5 mm, it is flexible enough to conform to surfaces that aren't flat. You install it by gluing it down to a clean surface with special adhesive. One considerable advantage of laying a synthetic deck as compared to a natural wood deck is that you don't have to drill any holes for screws, thus you don't compromise the structural integrity of the underlying deck. The installation is much easier than with real wood because synthetic decking can be cut easily with a sharp utility knife, and most of the caulking required for teak decking is eliminated. Occasional washing with soap and water and keeps it in good shape.
Pressure washing is feasible. For surface damage, the decking can be sanded, as both the color and the grain extend through the entire thickness.
Though different brands of synthetic teak decking may look quite similar, there are some major differences in design and installation. Dek-King uses basic building blocks that consist of individual sections measuring 50mm wide and come in 2.25-meter lengths, or longer coils (10meters) , if required. These sections feature tongue-and-groove joints, with molded-in "caulking" strips. The sections can be laid straight, or can take a slight bend if required to conform to a deck's contours. For applications where wide sections of straight planking are required, Dek-King also supplies a wider, three-plank section, which cuts down on installation time and effort. Margin boards come with either a radiused edge or a square one. To lay out a deck, you first cut and fit the margins (and the king plank if you're using one), allowing a gap for caulking at each joint. You then glue down these pieces with Stelmax adhesive and hold them in place with weights, bricks or containers filled with sand are sufficiently heavy to work well here. You then fill in the remaining deck area with the tongue-and groove sections. If you use a king plank, you'll have to custom cut the sections where they meet the plank. When the entire deck is laid out, fits, joints together with a one-part cement. resulting in assembled multi section mats. You then pick up the mats, clean the deck, and apply the black decking adhesive, and place the mats. On larger jobs we recommend assembling the mats in sections of about 2 sq meters at a time.
Installation our synthetic teak is not that difficult as it was deigned with the DIY (Do-It-Yourself in mind). One of our competitors in the PVC teak decking has take a different approach toward installation, effectively removing the "Y" from D-I-Y. Rather than having you piece the deck assembly yourself, the company asks that you make a paper pattern of the shapes you want. Then you send that to one of their local distributors, and you get back a pre assembled mat that's ready to be glued down, complete with margin planks. (Mind you - We also offer this service). Rather than using a basic one-plank-wide section as a building block, our competitor offers multiplank panels — an approach that has both advantages and disadvantages. Laying down several "planks" at a time is certainly faster and easier than dealing with individual planks, but these panels don't bend as easily as the narrower sections. This approach is clearly best suited for applications where straight, parallel planking is required. Unlike Dek-King, which assemble mats by cementing tongue-and-groove joints together, this competitor uses heat to weld the thermoplastic sections together — a system not suited to DIY assembly and which is more expensive.
How good and impact resistant is our Dek-King ?
Well, we dropped heavy objects onto a finished deck: a plumb bob, from a height of six feet, to be specific — in order to evaluate dent
resistance. Natural teak decks are sometimes subjected to this kind of damage. We repeated this after chilling the deck down to below-freezing temperatures, to see if embitterment occurred; we tried it again at 65.5° C (150° F) or so, a temperature that a deck can reach under the tropical sun. While we were at it, we checked to see how the heated deck felt to bare skin. We evaluated non-skid properties by placing
a weighted "foot" on the "deck," and then tilting the deck until the shoe skidded. We tried this with both a wet and dry surface.
And, to reassure us that our measurements were meaningful, one of our testers stood on each "deck" and made subjective evaluations of how slippery each was.
One of the major claims made for these synthetic teak decks is stain resistance. We went out of our way to stain our pvc teak material , using gasoline (petrol), dirty oil, antifreeze, red wine, coffee, and whiskey. We allowed each mess to remain on the surface 24 hours, judged how bad it looked and then tried to remove it by scrubbing with a mild detergent and a soft brush. Our teak looked like new and there were no signs of staining.
Our Dek-king material will provide a good looking, stain-resistant, low-maintenance deck at a lower cost than natural teak. It has excellent non-skid properties comparable to teak, both wet and dry. It is more resistant to scarring and denting than traditional wood teak and it is easy to clean-up - it is virtually maintenance free !