Synthetic or faux teak gives the look of real teak without the expense or maintenance. It's a popular new boat option and aftermarket upgrade. To get the most value, you need to know some important details. The pros at SeaDek (seadek.com) provided us with these six need-to-know insights.
Some faux teaks offer better wet traction than others. Ask for samples, wet them down, and walk on them before making your decision.
Ask whether the faux teak is made from closed-cell material. Some, such as SeaDek, are made from closed-cell EVA materials that will not absorb liquids.
Ask how to remove or replace the faux decking. Often, with contact cement, grinding and sanding are required. With some of the other faux teak choices, the residual adhesive can be cleared away with mineral spirits or similar products.
4. Heat Absorption
The denser and darker in color the material, the hotter it can get. The less dense and lighter in color the faux teak material, typically the cooler it will be. Denser materials absorb and hold heat longer.
Some materials makers offer logos, boat names or graphics. Other custom options include color, surface texture, density and thickness.
6. UV Stable
Ask if ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers are used in the manufacture of the faux teak decking material. The sun can shorten the life of the decking more than wear and tear does.