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Using composite materials to create high quality marinas

By Stuart Burns January 21, 2014

Whilst the industrial market was the first market we targeted almost 20 years ago, we quickly realised that the main advantages of our engineered flooring systems, namely their strength, durability and high slip resistance, made them perfect for marina environments too. Combined with my father’s extensive knowledge of the marine industry, having spent decades constructing fibreglass boats, this was an obvious next step.

The advantages of using composite materials in this environment are numerous…


Undoubtedly, the material most commonly used for marina flooring is wood. However, this is more for aesthetic reasons than for practical ones.

In a wet environment, wood can deteriorate very rapidly if not properly looked after. What’s more, it is often difficult to spot problems once they do arise, and unless the owner notices the issue in time and has the capital to solve the problem quickly, failures are bound to occur – some of which may lead to serious accidents.

Because of this, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a contract flooring solution which is able to offer you peace of mind when it comes to structural integrity, such as those we provide at Dura Composites. With your high quality engineered flooring in place, you really can rest assured it will retain its strength and durability over the years.


Exposed to harsh winds, sun and, of course, saltwater, marina flooring systems often require a great deal of maintenance to ensure they stay looking good and functioning correctly, especially if they involve wood.

Whilst wooden flooring systems require varnishing/painting at regular intervals, this is not the case with our pontoon decking products (fibreglass or wood plastic composite). All you’ll need to do to keep your marina looking good as new is give some areas a jet wash to remove grime from the surface every now and again. It really is that simple!

For more on the many advantages of composite materials when it comes to creating world-class marinas, 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”.