PVC synthetic teak and deck panels for boats

What is PVC Synthetic Teak?

Synthetic teak is made from a blend of pvc materials designed to mimic the appearance and feel of natural wood while offering superior performance. The pvc is extruded into planks which can be rolled and despatched to deck panel makers. This innovative material is formed into strips similiar to the way wood planks are cut from a timber merchant. However, pvc addresses many of the drawbacks associated with traditional wood decking, such as susceptibility to weather damage, and high maintenance requirements.

PVC Synthetic Teak Options

Several manufacturers offer high-quality synthetic teak, each with unique features and benefits. 

Deckfab panels for boats

Deckfab synthetic teak deck panels provide the look and feel of real teak while offering exceptional durability. It is available in 3 different colours, namely traditional, weathered and aged. Sailboats commonly choose the weathered colour with either black caulking as their decks are more exposed to the elements and it lends to an added degree of realism. Motorboats on the other hand more commonly choose the newer looking traditional colour as their decks are commonly found under awnings, which is protected from the elements. 

What Are Synthetic Teak Deck Panels?

Synthetic teak deck panels for boats are made from the high-quality synthetic teak decking material shown above and designed to mimic the appearance and texture of natural teak wood. The material is welded together to form deck panels which offer a practical and sustainable solution for boat decks, providing the same luxurious look as traditional teak without the associated drawbacks.

Benefits of Synthetic Teak Deck Panels for Boats

1. Durability and Longevity

Synthetic teak is engineered to withstand the harsh marine environment. Unlike natural teak, which can fade, crack, or warp over time due to exposure to sunlight, saltwater, and fluctuating temperatures, synthetic teak remains resilient. It resists UV rays, moisture, and wear, ensuring your deck looks pristine for years with minimal maintenance.

2. Low Maintenance

Maintaining a natural teak deck involves regular sanding, sealing, and cleaning to prevent weathering and decay. A simple wash with soap and water is usually enough to keep the deck looking fresh and clean. This low-maintenance characteristic makes it and attractive choice for you to further enjoy your barge experience.

3. Aesthetic Appeal

One of the primary reasons boats choose synthetic teak is its striking resemblance to real teak. Modern synthetic teak panels are available in a variety of shades and grains, replicating the natural beauty of teak wood. Whether you prefer the look of freshly sanded teak or a weathered, silvery finish, synthetic teak panels can meet your aesthetic preferences.

4. Safety and Comfort

Synthetic teak panels are designed with safety in mind. They provide excellent slip resistance, even when wet, enhancing the safety of your boat. 


Synthetic teak deck panels have revolutionised boat floors, providing an attractive, durable, and eco-friendly alternative to deck paint. With minimal maintenance requirements, superior resistance to the marine environment, and a variety of aesthetic options, synthetic teak is an excellent choice.

So if you’re considering upgrading your boat deck - firstly examine the decking material and be confident it is of the highest 100% virgin PVC quality rather than just the marketing "noise". Anything other than 100% virgin PVC will likely be a downgrade in terms of quality with the adding of fillers which reduce the long term durability and performance of the deck. Investing in synthetic teak deck panels ensures you can enjoy the beauty and luxury of teak without the ongoing maintenance.