Whats best Permateek or Flexiteek synthetic teak decking any problems encountered

benjenbav

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In fact, I don't follow the Princess caulking patterns.
I can't really because Watsons use a 44mm plank and Trakmark's plank is 50mm (101mm for two planks including te caulking).
Also, when making wooden decks, you can't have a point in the design or you will get wood splinters.
So the professional wood teak suppliers use "snapes".
These are curves where the planks would otherwise taper to a point.
Now, plastic doesn't have splinters so we are free to change the design.
When I started on the foredeck, I spent a long time deciding whether to make snapes out of plastic.
Making snapes is time consuming and for a DIYer can look awful.
So I did some tests on my foredeck to see what I preferred.
I took some photos
The side deck specifically.

This is with homemade DIY snapes

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And this simpler design

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Taking it all into consideration, we went with the simpler "cleaner" design.
It isn't authentic - but, then again plastic teak isn't authentic anyway.

And this was the final result - a clean, uncluttered design.

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Thanks. It does look good. It could, of course, be argued that it is no more authentic to put a cosmetic layer of real teak on top of a GRP deck structure than it is to use artificial teak.
 

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Thanks. It does look good. It could, of course, be argued that it is no more authentic to put a cosmetic layer of real teak on top of a GRP deck structure than it is to use artificial teak.
Tekdek/Trakmark supply a light grey material that they call "London Blue" which is, of course nothing like original wooden teak.
I quite like the colour because its is saying (even more) that it isn't real and not even trying to be like real wood.
No pretense.

This is their colour swatch
I chose Light Teak but, in hindsight, I think Old Teak might have looked better.
I have been helping friends and they have chosen the Old Teak.

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Tekdek/Trakmark supply a light grey material that they call "London Blue" which is, of course nothing like original wooden teak.
I quite like the colour because its is saying (even more) that it isn't real and not even trying to be like real wood.
No pretense.

This is their colour swatch
I chose Light Teak but, in hindsight, I think Old Teak might have looked better.
I have been helping friends and they have chosen the Old Teak.

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I called in there yesterday and collected exactly those samples.
 

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Any more thoughts on making it?
Which of the colours do you like?
Yes I'm going to make my own, just looking at options regarding the welder, a few on Ebay that I can then try to sell on.

I will properly go with traditional standard with black caulking.
 

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I also went for the light teak option for my project.
A lot of the success that I had on my project, was down to the advice and information passed on by Hurricane in his excellent posts and direct messages at the time.

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Yes I'm going to make my own, just looking at options regarding the welder, a few on Ebay that I can then try to sell on.

I will properly go with traditional standard with black caulking.
My three pennyworth.
Don't cut corners on the welder.
As I said above, I regret buying the Steinel welder.
The Leister Hot Jet S is the one to get.
Maybe pay a bit more and sell it on after - I'm going to keep mine.
 
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