Can you tell the difference?
It’s always cheaper, no warranty, and inferior in quality but that doesn’t stop them from producing it… and us from buying it.
Most of the alternative materials are actually meant to scrape off dirt from shoes, not tested and not manufactured for a boats deck. It’s no wonder they’re hard and not soft to the touch, rarely carry an enforceable warranty, have hardly no UV stabilizers for the marine industry and because their PVC is mixed with a combination of inexpensive composites when it breaks down it radiates a foul smell and deteriorates when exposed to salt water and sunlight.
While these products may look similar they have very little in common with DECKadence and are not considered an authentic synthetic marine rated PVC boat carpet.
These self-proclaimed alternatives lack the feel, the durability, the marine rated composites and credentials to be on par with DECKadence.
Part of our DECKadence synthetic boat carpet success is the spooled extruded (and treated) diameter also known as the denier (or thickness of strand) along with the right combination of marine rated PVC plasticizers that’s only found in the DECKadence products. This produces a soft to touch feel with unparalleled durability and performance.
In fact we have not had a single return in over 12 years, just read Benito’s review, where he bought a vinyl product alternative that looked like DECKadence for his swim platform… and the results speak for themselves.
1. Ask the salesperson for the Testing Data UV, Anti-microbial and Compression
2. Ask if they are an authorized dealer for DECKadence Marine Flooring
3. Inquire about the warranty
4. Pull on the strands see if they turn white when stressed, this is an indication of substitute composites like limestone.
5. Contact us to verify their affiliation
6. Smell the product, the fake stuff radiates a funky smell like must or mold and gets worse when exposed to water.