PVC synthetic teak and deck panels for barges

What is PVC Synthetic Teak?

Synthetic teak is usually 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. The one we use is Deckfab which is 100% virgin PVC with dovetails on the underside which provide superior adhesion to the deck surface.

Deckfab for barges

Deckfab synthetic teak provides the look and feel of real teak while offering exceptional durability. It is available in 3 different colours, namely traditional, weathered and aged. Barges commonly choose the traditional colours with either black caulking

What Are Synthetic Teak Deck Panels?

Synthetic teak deck panels for barges 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 Barges

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 barges 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 barge. 


Synthetic teak deck panels have revolutionised barge 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 for a barge.

So if you’re considering upgrading your barge 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.