The use of teak is popular in outdoor furniture so it is no surprise that teak boat flooring is a luxurious option for boat floors and decks. Teak is an attractive wood material that is yellowish brown in color and has beautiful wood grains and a textured look. It is highly prized for its weather resistance and easy workability. The presence of the natural oils in teak boat flooring make it resistant to outdoor exposure and old teak (grown naturally over ages in the wild) is said to be even better at doing this. Today’s teak flooring usually comes from sustainable plantations in order to reduce teak tree deforestation and is mainly produced in Asia. It is used extensively for outdoor furniture, doors, window frames–even house beams–and of course in boat flooring.
The same elements that make teak such a wonderful woodworking material for outdoor furniture also applies to boat floors. Because boats are often exposed to the sun or rain and are often not covered, all materials are designed to withstand this environment. Wood, especially if using the wrong type, can rot away and weaken easily if exposed to water. Salty ocean water, in particular, is even more corrosive. Teak’s natural resistance to weather allows boat owners to enjoy the luxurious look of wood on their boat decks without worry that it won’t last or will rot away.
Costs for teak are relatively high, ranging from $100 to even $200 per square foot of flooring. This is also very labor intensive as the wood needs to be cut and laid to custom fit your deck. Caulking must be used between teak planks in order to seal the gaps. Though teak flooring adds a luxurious look to your boat, be prepared to cover its high expense.
If you want the same look but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag, there is another option: faux teak flooring. This is a synthetic boat flooring that is made to look exactly like teak, giving you the benefits of synthetic man-made construction combined with the natural luxuriousness of a wood floor. Synthetic teak boat flooring is much cheaper and is designed to minimize labor of installation, which is also another cost you can save when having it professionally installed. Not only is faux boat flooring less costly and less labor intensive, you will also have the same beautiful looking deck year after year. Genuine teak loses colors and turns silver after a few months, but synthetic teak has much better color retention. It is also built in with a non-skid surface since your boat floor will likely get wet and this will prevent you from slipping.
The drawback of faux teak boat flooring can be the temperature. Whereas real wood’s temperature is not as affected by the sun, man-made teak can heat up rapidly so choosing a lighter color can help alleviate this problem. If you wear sandals or boat shoes then it’s not as much a problem. If you want the beautiful and luxurious look of wood on your boat, then teak boat flooring offers a combination that can’t be beat. It’s highly durable for a marine environment and it has attractive grains and texture that add luxury. Depending on your budget, you may decide to go with real teak, which can get pricey, or opt for the cheaper faux boat flooring.
Last Revision: Apr 7, 2017