Permateek Synthetic Decking
by Elite Yacht Services, LLC
Serving the Lake of the Ozarks
History of Permateek
Permateek appeared for the first time at the Southampton Boat Show in the UK in 2005. Now some nine years laterPermateek synthetic decking has earned its place as the brand leader in the synthetic decking industry and is available in the UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand,Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Norway, Russia, and now the US and Canada.
All Permateek decks are hand crafted from individual synthetic teak planks utilizing traditional styles and designs. We have striven to achieve what we think is the ultimate in synthetic teak decking. There is a high degree of skill and expertise that goes into each and every process of fabricating a custom made Permateek deck.
We rarely use stock templates as we have found that no two boats are the same, even from the same manufacturer. All projects are individually patterned by hand to ensure a perfect fit. When fabricating deck panels we do not simply glue them together, each seam is individually hand welded to ensure it will not shrink or come apart at the seams. When assembled we spend a great deal of time on each completed panel undertaking our highly unique system of hand finishing, this is one of the reasons why a Permateek deck looks so authentic and does not look like a other synthetic deck systems.
The right decking choice
Not all synthetic marine decks are the same. Permateek marine decking is a very high quality product which is thermally welded to form panels and is not simply glued; it is made using only the finest quality materials. It will not fade, crack or warp or shrink in the elements. It only requires minimal maintenance (washing) to keep it looking good year after year.
Permateek is unique. Both as a company and as a product, it is specifically designed and manufactured exclusively for ourPermateek Distributors. It is not sold in plank form to either trade or DIY installers. Permateek decks are only produced by our own expert distributors all of which work to the same exacting, approved standards. It is our attention to detail which gives Permateek its unique and convincing look.
General Care and Maintenance
One of the many advantages of choosing a Permateek deck is that it is easy to maintain. Permateek is made using Ultra Violet stabilized, outdoor grade PVC, unlike Teak it will not fade, crack, warp or need a rigorous maintenance regime to keep it looking good season after season. Below are some simple Do's and Don’ts which will help you to keep your new deck looking at its best.
Wash your deck with Soap and water: the perfect time to do this is after cruising when you are washing the boat anyway. Your normal boat wash detergent will be fine or a small drop of washing up liquid in the water will do the job equally as well. Should you spill any nasties on the deck such as diesel, acetone or paint wash these off immediately. For greasy marks such as sun cream or food stains hot soapy water does the trick.
Use a Nylon brush or non scratch scourer: A nylon brush is often helpful to release stubborn debris from the surface. Used in conjunction with soap and water these will help to loosen dirt. When using, always move the brush in the direction of the grain.
Sand the Deck: For bad scuffs, small burns such as that caused by a cigarette or a really stubborn stain that have been left to dry can be lightly sanded by hand with 40 grit sandpaper.
Incorrect shoes: Black soles may leave marks and scuffs on the decking surface. As with all marine decking surfaces we recommend wearing deck shoes when possible or even no shoes at all, the surface is non-slip even when wet. Also try to limit the use of high heeled shoes on the deck (particularly the men) as they can dent the surface.
Avoid Spills: Things such as oil, varnish, paint, sealers and lacquers can harm the finish of your synthetic deck much like they would a teak deck and must be cleaned as quickly as possible to avoid damage.
Prevent Dents: Where possible, make sure any furniture legs are padded with felt pads, never drag heavy items across the surface of your synthetic deck and also avoid the use of high heeled footwear. The force of such actions could cause a permanent dent or scratch on the surface of your deck.
Hot objects: Don't place hot metals or other hot objects on your synthetic decking. This can cause heat marks to emerge or even burn the surface of the deck which can be challenging to remove without sanding the surface.