teak decking for boats

DIY Teak Decking installation

DIY Decking - DIY Teak Decking Installation

Our teak decking material was designed for DIY projects. This way the customer saves money on installation. Boat owners, restorers and custom installers will appreciate the ease of DEK-KING installation and will be impressed with the outstanding results.

DEK-KING uses a tongue and groove system, commonly found in laminated flooring used in our homes. Each tongue and groove is joined by using our special "Cold Welding" adhesive. This special adhesive which we use on our profile melts the two surfaces to be joined and when it cures, it forms a solid and watertight seam. The average “handyman” will appreciate that the material cuts easily with our miter cutters or with just a sharp utility knife.

DEK-KING is applied to wood, fiberglass, Concrete or metal using our marine bottom adhesive (Saba) that comes in a 600ml  soft sided “sausage”. We recommend that you use an appropriate Adhesive Gun for ease and cleanliness. The adhesive is spread using a notched trowel and once the decking is laid in place it is evenly bed using a flooring roller.

We offer a one-stop-shop.  We can supply all necessary tools and materials for your installation requirements.

DIY Teak Decking Installation Instructions


Installation of our teak-decking range of products can be made all the more easier by first referring to our guide below which contains useful tips and information to assist with the planning and installation of your new deck. The purpose of this guide is to help you along with your installation project of adding a new deck to your boat or sailing boat.

The first thing we will be discussing is the tool list and the use of each tool. To make your job easy, we stock most of the tools required for the job ; although you can find many of these tools at your nearest hardware store. The tools we stock are the very same tools that our installers use and which they have found them to be the best tool for the job.

Download these Dek-King Fitting & Installation Instructions - in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


French version - DEK-KING_Guide_de_pose

English version -Dek-King-Fitting-Instructions


A range of profiles are available, finished with a non-slip surface and the underside has a ‘Scotchbrite’ finish allowing the adhesive to bond  to almost any surface including GRP, Steel and Timber.


We supply two types of adhesive, Stelmax and Sealtack 750. The Stelmax is a "Cold Weling" adhesive which is used to join the strips of DEK-KING® together and is supplied in a 135ml tube that will bond approximately 2m² of tongue and groove joints.  The Saba Sealtack 750 is a high tack MS-Polymer adhesive, supplied in 600ml "susages" and is used to bond the material firmly to the required surface. With 600ml you cover approximately 0.8m².

The minimum working temperature is 10°C and will be tack free after approximately 4 hours, load bearing strength in 12-24 hours and full strength in 2-3 days. We recommend that protective clothing, gloves and safety goggles are used when applying adhesives.

Tools Required for installing the DEK-KING teak decking


Marine teak decking installtion guide



All surfaces should be made sound and be as flat as possible, any irregularity in deck levels should be filled and smoothed, as any difference in deck levels will show after laying the decking, after sanding ensure that all surfaces are dry and free from dust. A working temperature of 10°C to 25°C is required.  DEK-KING® should not be laid in wet or damp conditions as this will affect the adhesive bond.


For difficult areas a template can be built up in sections and taped together to make a complete pattern as illustrated below. Once the template has been made,  sections of the DEK-KING can be glued together to make a complete mat that can be laid in one operation.

DEK-KING Decking Template


Margins and King Plank

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Having decided on the type of margin you would like to use (WDK103, WDK102 or WDK100).  You now have to cut and dry lay the margins including King Planks (WDK106), hatch corners and deck margins as shown below.  A hot air gun may be used to help the DEK-KING  bend to follow the outer curve of the deck.

When the margin is dry laid scribe a line along the deck following the margin edge, tape this edge so that any excess adhesive is easily removed before the next operation, the same procedure applies for the King Plank.

Apply the adhesive, lay the DEK-KING® margin and King Plank removing the tape and excess adhesive as below.




Filling in straight runs

 Once the margins and King Plank have been laid the remainder of the DEK-KING can be fitted.  This can be achieved by joining lengths of DEK-KING® (WDK100 or WDK108) together to form a mat that can be laid in one operation.  Keep the DEK-KING weighted after rolling – any heavy item can be used for this purpose i.e. sandbags, paint pots, bricks etc.



Boat Hatch Corner and Decking Curved Corners

Fitting around hatch corners can be achieved by first taking a template of the corner to be cut (Fig 1).  Use this template to cut out the corner shape from the King Plank (Fig 2), it may be necessary to join two King Planks together if a large radius is required.

Cut all corners from the King Plank and infills from the WDK 100 (you may have to remove the black tongue from the WDK 100).  Cut the required length of ‘T’ Caulking (fig 3 and 4).  Join all components together using Stelmax (Fig 5).  Note that in figure 5 the base of the ‘T’ caulking has been mitred to help fit the bend of the corner.  Normal deck runs can then be laid in the normal way up to the hatch.


General Decking Care and Maintenance

 Once your deck has been laid it will only require minimum maintenance.  A general wash with soap and water will remove most stains.  For stubborn stains a power wash is advisable. Should your DEK-KING® receive any surface damage this can be rectified by using a belt or hand sander with 40 grit paper sanding in line with the grain.  If a section of DEK-KING® is badly cut it is possible to chisel out a section and replace with new DEK-KING.

IMPORTANT - Do not use Acetone on any DEK-KING® product, as this could result in permanent damage


How good and impact resistant is our Dek-King ?

Well, we dropped heavy objects onto a finished deck: a plumb bob, from a height of six feet, to be specific — in order to evaluate dent resistance. Natural teak decks are sometimes subjected to this kind of damage. We repeated this after chilling the deck down to below-freezing temperatures, to see if embattlement occurred; we tried it again at 65.5° C (150° F) or so, a temperature that a deck can reach under the tropical sun. While we were at it, we checked to see how the heated deck felt to bare skin. We evaluated non-skid properties by placing a weighted "foot" on the "deck," and then tilting the deck until the shoe skidded. We tried this with both a wet and dry surface. And, to reassure us that our measurements were meaningful, one of our testers stood on each "deck" and made subjective evaluations of how slippery each was.


Our Dek-king material will provide a good looking, stain-resistant, low-maintenance deck at a lower cost than natural teak. It has excellent non-skid properties comparable to teak, both wet and dry. It is more resistant to scarring and denting than traditional wood teak and it is easy to clean-up - it is virtually maintenance free !