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Our composite decking offers the beauty of wood with none of the disadvantages

By Stuart Burns March 17, 2014

Despite the fact that every marina owner would agree that functionality and safety should come before appearance, many still crave a wooden aesthetic for their marina’s decking boards.

Because of this, we at Dura Composites worked extremely hard to develop a product that could replace natural wood, retaining its aesthetic yet removing the issues with maintenance and durability. Coming in two main colours (teak and charcoal) and made of a mixture of high density polyethylene, recycled wood and chemicals to protect the final product from UV damage, rot, mould and other deterioration, our composite decking has four key benefits over traditional wooden marina flooring systems and other decking boards…

  1. Increased strength. Most pontoons in the United Kingdom are produced to allow a deck thickness of no more than 23mm, so as to make timber selection and installation as hassle free as possible. As a result, when developing our composite decking solution, we had to work to this thickness too. Because we were acutely concerned to ensure that our pontoon decking could cope with large stresses (such as those caused by people jumping off boats whilst carrying heavy sailing equipment) into the foreseeable future, we decided to make our boards twice as wide as traditional wooden decking boards, in order to almost double the strength.
  2. Shorter installation time. As well as providing you with the peace of mind that your decking will stand the test of time, the option of double width planks also means that installation time is significantly reduced – something that can be extremely helpful for commercial marina owners. Despite covering the same amount of space, our composite decking could take half the time to install!
  3. Better grip. As we have already covered, given that marina decking boards will often be wet, it is important that they provide a sufficient level of grip underfoot. Not only is the material of our composite decking less slippery than wood, our boards also have deep grooves in them to further increase friction. These grooves also help create the appearance of wood by mirroring the natural grain visible in traditional wooden planks. Further, the planks have different sized grooves on either side, depending on what kind of look and grip is required.
  4. Neater finish. Although wood looks great, when it comes to securing it to your pontoon, you may well find yourself having to settle for visible fixings. Not only does this look unattractive, it is also easy for screws to loosen over time and pose a hazard to individuals, particularly if they aren’t wearing protective footwear. On the other hand, our composite decking is secured in place by screwing into recessed fixings between the boards (which serve the dual purpose of removing the need for visible screws and helping to ensure the space between boards is always the same).

For more on the many advantages of composite decking for marinas and other situations, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.