Teak Deck with teak deck can often be seen on high-priced yachts or sailboats over 50 feet in the United States and Europe in the past 10 years. It replaces the original traditional FRP non-skid Deck. The teak deck looks more luxurious and expensive, even if the cost is several times higher, but many yacht buyers like his yacht configuration with this teak deck.
The teak deck is mostly installed on the main deck, walkway, stair treads, diving board and other decks. It is a strip of teak solid wood with a certain thickness "make reasonable stitching on the deck according to its special shape". The black lines made of vinyl glue "remove the excess black glue that has oozed out" and then polished it flat "The construction of the teak deck is completed.
Teak deck must have experienced and professional technicians to achieve perfect construction, in addition to the choice of basic teak strips, the use of special adhesive coating and the use of primer, according to the shape of the deck walkway Reasonable stitching, how to ensure the quality of the teak deck, etc. are all very professional issues.
Classification of teak deck materials
Looking at the current teak decks used in the US and European markets, there are roughly two types of teak solid wood processing and PVC manufacturing and processing teak decks;
1. The teak solid wood processing deck is made of the best Myanmar teak wood according to the shape of the deck. The earliest teak deck was the basic configuration of sailboats. At that time, sailboats were made of hand-made wood. FRP technology was not popular in the 50-60s. All yachts are made of wood. The deck surface is naturally spliced with teak strips. The power boat will also use teak solid wood to make deck surface walkway stairs and so on.
2. The artificial teak deck made of PVC is a new product developed abroad in recent years to replace the solid wood deck of teak. There are a few suppliers in Europe and the United States such as Tek Dek, Flexiteek, Dek-King, etc. The materials are made of various integrated materials that imitate teak grain, and then are cut and bonded into several large pieces according to the shape and size of the deck. Then the semi-finished products are glued and installed on the ship deck. The finished PVC deck looks like teak solid wood The average deck is not easy to distinguish.
Maintenance of teak solid wood deck
The surface of the teak solid wood deck is only polished, and the teak solid wood strips have not been painted. After wind and water, it will inevitably accumulate scales and discolor and lose the original rich and beautiful texture of the teak wood. , Proper repair and maintenance.
Never use teak oil. Dirty stains will be repeatedly absorbed by the teak oil and stored under the oil surface.
The only way to restore the original golden color and texture of the teak surface is to remove the base layer of the teak surface. There are two ways. One is to sand off the teak surface layer with sandpaper, and the other is to use "teak repair agent" to use chemical methods. Corrodes the surface layer of teak. Both of these methods will remove the surface of the teak layer, and the thickness of the teak deck will gradually become thinner.
The only best way to maintain the teak deck is to take detergents and seawater for regular cleaning, and find the brand that can dissolve the foam and cold water from the detergent most easily. The reason for using salt water is that any water will seep into the teak bottom from the gap of the deck bar, and will move to the place where the bottom side has screws or enter the internal supplementary materials, but the use of salt water conduction will be less than fresh water. Easy to rot. If the ship uses fresh water to make its own salt water for cleaning, the teak deck will not know how the water is different!
If there is algae on the teak deck in winter, it can be washed with vinegar mixed water, which can be easily removed.
The well-maintained teak deck is documented to see that it can be kept intact as new after 40 years of use.
Maintenance of PVC artificial teak deck
PVC artificial deck is a synthetic material of PVC, which can prevent ultraviolet radiation, impact resistance, oil resistance, water resistance and has a considerable corrosion resistance.
No special method is required for maintenance, as long as the daily cleaning can keep the PVC man-made deck in good condition.
Comparison of teak solid wood deck and PVC artificial teak deck
The teak solid wood deck and PVC artificial teak deck are not much like teak from the outside, but their materials, construction, cost, usage and maintenance are often different.
The teak solid wood deck is made of noble teak logs. The most reasonable and beautiful stitching is made by selecting solid wood strips with similar background colors, surface patterns and lines, and all the deck planes and walkways with different widths and widths are best made from different positions. The matching and trimming of it become a teak deck with no flaws and a solid wood feel. If the thickness is 18mm, the cost per square meter is about US $ 400. The thickness of 18mm can withstand more than 6 re-grinding and refurbishment and can maintain at least 15 years of life.
The teak solid wood deck is more difficult to maintain and maintain. Generally speaking, this deck surface is unpainted. To maintain the unpainted deck surface requires regular regular cleaning. The best and easiest way is to use washing The agent plus the softer brush is washed with sea water. Never use too hard brushes and corrosive chemicals to scrub, which will cause erosion and wear on the teak surface.
If the scratches on the teak wood surface occur unfortunately, the lighter ones can be ground with sandpaper to remove the scars, while the heavy ones can only replace the entire wood strip.
PVC man-made teak deck is made of pvc-based materials with different widths and black borders to make an integrated material similar to the appearance of teak wood, and then the shape of the deck on board is staked out by computer cutting and then spliced or welded to make large pieces. The product is finally moved to the site for post-construction work such as bonding and installation on decks, walkways and diving boards.
The advantage is that the construction time is short, oil and water resistance, ultraviolet resistance, impact resistance and anti-fouling, high anti-slip function and easy to clean. However, these synthetic deck brands are imported from abroad. Their unit price plus construction also requires the assignment of foreign technicians to guide. Perhaps the processing cost of several brands is higher than the teak solid wood deck in China.
The disadvantage is that the integrated materials have limitations, and the fixed parallel width cannot be effectively adjusted, so it is generally difficult to achieve a perfect finish in aisles of varying widths, hatch openings, and curved corners.
The integrated PVC deck will also shrink to a certain percentage, and this shrinkage will often deform when the weather environment and temperature difference change significantly. (Assuming that the installed PVC man-made deck ships go from Northern Europe in the tundra to Dubai in Arabia, and the man-made deck is prone to severe bubbling or deformation in the environment of excessive temperature difference.)
The heat absorption of the PVC material deck in direct sunlight is not conducive to walking barefoot. Its heat is higher than that of the teak solid wood deck, which is also one of the disadvantages.
These are the biggest weaknesses of man-made synthetic decks.
Choice and suggestion of both
Generally speaking, the teak solid wood deck or the PVC man-made deck are options for purchasing the yacht. You propose the type of deck you want. The yacht manufacturer will produce according to the order options.
This is a high-end yacht with high-end products in the selection list. Generally, if a 60-foot yacht is to be upgraded from the standard fiberglass Non-Skid deck to a teak deck Teak Deck, it will cost about 150,000 yuan or More. (The quoted price of PVC man-made deck and construction is about 10% or more higher than that of teak deck)
If it is cost-effective, the teak solid wood deck is still dominant; the teak wood gives a real sense of solid wood. The excellent construction is spliced out of a piece of art. In addition to a little difficult maintenance, it has high stability. , So most high-priced ships are equipped with teak wood deck.
In terms of repair and maintenance, the PVC man-made deck may be a little cheaper; the PVC deck is easy to clean and durable, even if it is similar, but it is still fake teak, and the overall cost is still higher than teak solid wood.
We must also consider the changes in the area where the yacht is used. The problem of shrinkage and deformation when traveling frequently to places with large temperature differences should be carefully considered.
Before emerging products are popular, there are many doubts, and users are not common in the market.
It is up to the officer to decide what is left!
by Fujian Ailey Yacht Industry Co., Ltd. Lin Wen / Director General