When building a dock, you need to use a board that checks a lot of feature boxes: it needs to be strong and resilient; water- and rot proof with minimal maintenance required; stable; and convenient to install.
WearDeck meets those needs and more, says Jason Smith of Baycrest Distribution. He describes the brand as a “true dock board.”
“This is a dock-specific board that people end up using on their deck as well,” explains Jason. “Most of the time people struggle to find a deck board that fits their dock. But this board is designed to be a dock-first product that is also for a deck.”
It’s a bold claim, but one backed-up by the board’s many features. It offers increased span strength that can bridge gaps up to 36 inches wide, making it more desirable to builders than previous synthetic boards which didn’t have these capabilities.
The board is also waterproof, rot proof, and mould proof, perfect for withstanding the environmental pressures a dock faces throughout the year.
Jason points out that the word “proof” is a key characteristic: lesser boards only provide resistance to water, rot, and mould. The boards can be completely submerged without any harm, and are designed not to split, splinter, scratch, or break down over time.
As well, watch out for those saying their board is “virtually waterproof,” warns Jason. That just means it isn’t fully waterproof.
“WearDeck, and other fully synthetic lumber products we distribute, have no organic materials in them,” says Jason. “This means you won’t have to worry about moisture-related issues popping up in the future.”
Made in North America with an eye toward what cottagers want in a dock or deck board, WearDeck comes in eight colour choices and a variety of widths, lengths and profiles, to provide a true Muskoka feel.
“The boards also have heat reflective technology, so you can get away with darker colours and still be comfortable on hot summer days,” explains Jason.
Other features include slip resistance and user-friendly installation. The boards are static free and low maintenance – most debris can be swept away or hosed off – as well as being thermally stable.
The quality of the product lets the manufacturer offer a non-prorated lifetime warranty on their products.
“Time at the cottage or at home, should be spent relaxing, not worrying about maintaining or repairing your deck or dock boards,” says Jason. “With WearDeck under your feet, you can focus on having fun and making memories.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI
PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN