When it comes to flooring your boat, you really don’t want to compromise. Apart from the aesthetics aspect, you also don’t want to end up falling off your boat when it gets wet due to skid.
But with various options out there, it’s easy to get lost and have a hard time deciding on which one to go for.
Today, we shall be taking a look at 2 very popular boat floorings that boat owners are usually interested in. And I’m taking about Flexiteek and Seadek. My aim is to show you what the two entails; their pros and cons, so that you can make up your mind on which to go for.
Ready? Let’s dive right into it.
When I visited their website and tried to find out what their flooring is made of, they said that it is made of PVC that has been softened as well other items like color pigment, nano technique filler, etc.
On a closer look, the company said something that caught my attention. And that is the fact that Flexiteek isn’t just for boat floors, but can also be used on the floor in places like spas, terraces, cars, offices, lifts, pools, bathrooms, Jacuzzi, restaurants, walls to mention few. And they showed some impressive pictures to back up their claim. Sounds interesting, but it’s time to see what Seadek has for us.
I also checked out Seadek’s website to find out what they use in manufacturing their boat floors. Theirs is made from closed-cell PE/EVA UV-resistant foam that they claim doesn’t absorb water even when it is wet. They are also quick to state that their product provides the perfect traction when dry or even wet.
SeaDek large sheets are available in a variety of colors and patterns on Amazon so if you are in looking to customize an area of your boat yourself you can save yourself money.
Seadek also claims that the shock absorbing feature of their product gives you exceptional comfort when out on the water. One major thing that I noticed is that Seadek has a lot of people swoon with their customizable designs to give any boat a unique touch.
Enough said already. Before you get even more confused on which one to settle for, here are some pros and cons of each of them. I had to scout various fora to get the opinion of actual users of these products and what they had to say about it.
Flexiteek – Pros
Unlike wood floors, Flexiteek does not absorb liquids like fish blood, wine or any other colorful liquid you bring aboard. And should there be a stain somewhere, all you need to do is apply some soapy water sprays. And for stubborn stains, a 40-60 grit sand paper will finish the job. But this is hardly the case since Flexiteek does not retain stains.
There is no need for difficult or expensive maintenance when it comes to Flexiteek.
Another feature users love about Flexiteek is that it is very light when compared to Seadek. A square meter only weighs 4.5kg. It saves weight, reduces fuel usage, makes for greater stability, and ultimately better performance, which is not something that can be said of other competitive synthetic decking.
Flexiteek 2G is said to be the only teak decking out there in the market that is UV-resistant. This helps in reducing heat that is known to happen to other traditional synthetic for decking.
With their new 2G, you can expect good grips which makes for added safety, The users of the product claim that walking barefooted on Flexiteek when wet is quite safe unlike other products that may not boast of the same feature.
Low or no maintenance
With Flexiteek, there may be no need for special interventions or maintenance because it makes use of a special kind of sealant that welds at 700 degrees for a longer lasting seal.
For those of you who care about the Earth, you will love the fact that Flexiteek can be recycled and used again unlike many wood flooring. Flexiteek also has a low combustilibility rate (AS /NX53837).
Has natural acoustic
It boasts of reducing noise level all the way down to 11 Db, while still allowing perfect acoustic insulation.
Flexiteek – Cons
It is not DIY-friendly
Many people are looking for ways to cut cost and will always opt for a product that allows them buy and fix. This cannot be said for Flexiteek due to its use of heat needed to weld mostly the thermoplastic sections. And you cannot also assemble Flexiteek by just assembling tongue-and-groove joins in one piece and joining them. The patterns that you are to make use of must be submitted to the manufacturer or distributor for approval.
Can get quite hot under foot
One common complain users of Flexiteek have is the fact that it can get very hot in summer or when there is heat. That means that it can’t be walked on with barefoot. However, Flexiteek 2G, which is an improved version of the original version claims to be cooler to the feet.
Gets smooth from sanding
he company advises that you use a sand paper to get rid of stubborn stains, but users have said that this ends up smoothing the floor and exposing them to danger.
Parts must be purchased in precut and so there is no way to get just a little portion to fix a tiny area that is bad.
Can bubble when subjected to much glue
A good number of users of Flexiteek complained of their floors bubbling especially when the sun is very high. It was also said to be as a result of applying too much glue by amateur installers. And Flexiteek is not known to provide adequate education for its installers to make sure they provide excellent finished job.
Offers only 5 years warranty.
Looks sun-baked after a season
Majority of the people that have used Flexiteek complained of how easily the floor’s beauty fades after a short while. Some of them had to resort to covering their boats when not in use to help prolong the aesthetic feature of their floor.
Costs much higher
There is no doubt that when compared to Seadek, Flexiteek is very expensive. A square foot goes for about $40 to $42 although it tends to last longer than a traditional wood. There was no information on the manufacturer’s website to confirm these rates.
Seadek – Pros
Seadek is also non-skid and therefore is safe for walking barefooted.
The manufacturer offers 7 years warranty on their product and also added that good maintenance can even increase the number of years users can enjoy Seadek. Some users also claim that the company wants to increase its warranty to 10 years for recreational boats because of its ability to last longer than expected. Many users claim that even after years of installing Seadek, their floor still looks new.
It’s more accommodating for people that stand on their feet for long. It is also not as hot as people complain of Flexiteek.
Has sound deadening capacity
Just like Flexiteek, it also has a way of balancing acoustics.
Anyone willing to paste pads on floors can easily deck their boat floor with Seadek because of its ready to use kits. That means no need for an installer. You can easily install your decks no matter how remote your boat is. And it sticks and grips very well without slipping.
Feels better than hard plastics
Users claim that nothing beats the feeling you get when walking on Seadek on barefoot. For one thing, it feels better than others that feel like hard plastics.
Does not peel
Since it is very durable and does not peel, there is usually no need for replacement in a short amount of time.
The gel glass/coat is well-protected.
Helps people who are fatigued from having to stand on the hard deck for a long time.
To some, Seadek is very expensive. But when you compare it to Flexiteek, you will see that it is way cheaper, especially when you compare them by square foot. The faux teak goes for about $430 for 15sqft according to a user, while a regular 18sqft decking can go for $330. There is no readily available information on Seadek website to verify this how much their products truly costs.
Seadek – Cons
Users have complained that the only thing they find hard to deal with is keeping their Seadek floors clean all the time. Lighter colors like light grey tend to always retain feet marks. Cleaning the floor with some soapy water always gets rid of the stain; however, they complained that it makes them conscious of the state of the deck. The solution here would be to go for a darker color, they suggested.
Edges lifts with time
This is one complain a few of the users made about Seadek, especially when it has stayed on for a long time.
Poor customer service
Many users of Seadek complained of the poor treatment they received from Seadek support center. A good number of them lamented that they never heard back from the company when they had an inquiry even after the company promised to get back to them.
It really is not so easy to decide on which boat flooring is best between Flexiteek and Seadek. However, from the pros and cons, I would say that in terms of durability and easy to fix floors, go for Seadek. And if you are looking for something more versatile and fancy-looking, Flexiteek will certainly be your best shot.
If you have any question or suggestions, do not hesitate to leave it in the comment section.