Decking Decisions: Exploring Boat Lift Decking Options from IMM Quality Boat Lifts

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Creating the perfect boat lift involves several important decisions, one of which is choosing the right decking. IMM Quality Boat Lifts, a renowned manufacturer in the boating industry, offers a variety of decking options to cater to diverse needs and preferences. This article delves into these options, discussing their features, benefits, and suitability for different applications.

Cut Out vs. Non Cut Out Decking:

Before we start exploring the variety of options available for decking, it is important to discuss the difference between Cut Outs vs. Non Cut Outs. The best way to convey the difference is to check out these two examples:

Cut Out Example: As you can see below, the cut outs are customized to the size and shape of your boat allowing you to easily get on and off of the boat

Non-Cut Out Example: In this example, there is no cut out so the boat literally rests on top of the decking of your lift. This provides a seamless aesthetic blend, making it appear as part of the dock.

Aluminum Decking

Aluminum decking is a popular choice for boat lifts, especially for those manufactured by IMM Quality Boat Lifts. Known for its durability and resistance to corrosion, aluminum decking is ideal for marine environments. It’s lightweight yet strong, ensuring that the boat lift can handle heavy loads without compromising stability.


  • Corrosion Resistance: Aluminum naturally resists rust and corrosion, making it perfect for saltwater environments.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep compared to other materials.
  • Durability: Withstands heavy loads and harsh weather conditions.
  • Suitability: Ideal for boat owners who want a durable, long-lasting solution with minimal maintenance.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is another excellent choice, combining the aesthetics of wood with the durability of plastic. It’s a composite material made from wood fibers and recycled plastics, offering a more environmentally friendly option.


  • Eco-Friendly: Made from recycled materials.
  • Aesthetics: Offers the appearance of wood without the upkeep.
  • Durability: Resistant to rot, decay, and marine borers.
  • Suitability: Best for those who prefer a wooden look but want a more durable and environmentally friendly material.

PVC Decking

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) decking is a synthetic option that offers superior water resistance. It’s a popular choice for boat lifts due to its ability to withstand the moist, marine environment without rotting, warping, or splintering.


  • Water Resistance: Excellent for marine environments.
  • Low Maintenance: Easy to clean and requires no sealing or staining.
  • Variety of Styles: Available in various colors and textures.
  • Suitability: Suitable for boat owners who prioritize water resistance and low maintenance.

Hardwood Decking

For those who prefer natural materials, hardwood decking is an attractive option. Woods like teak, mahogany, or ipe are commonly used for their durability and natural resistance to water and decay.


  • Natural Beauty: Offers a classic, timeless look.
  • Strength: High durability and load-bearing capacity.
  • Resistant to Elements: Naturally resistant to water, decay, and insects.
  • Suitability: Perfect for those who value aesthetics and are willing to invest in regular maintenance.

Pressure-Treated Wood Decking

Pressure-treated wood is a cost-effective option that undergoes a chemical treatment to resist rot, decay, and termites. While not as durable as hardwood, it’s a good choice for those on a budget.


  • Cost-Effective: More affordable than hardwood or composite options.
  • Durability: Treated to resist environmental factors.
  • Versatility: Can be painted or stained to match preferences.
  • Suitability: Ideal for budget-conscious boat owners who still want a durable decking option.

Grated Decking

Tan and grey open architecture perforated decking for durable floating boat docks and gangways

Grated decking is a unique option that offers excellent drainage and air circulation. Made from materials like fiberglass or plastic (glass filled polypropylene), it’s lightweight and provides a non-slip surface. The two major brands we typically use are ThruFlow and Sure Step. Keep in mind that if you add too much wood to your decking, we have seen instances where the decking and portions of the dock tend to float making the lift difficult to use.


  • Drainage: Allows water to pass through easily, preventing pooling.
  • Non-Slip: Provides a safe, slip-resistant surface.
  • Lightweight: Adds minimal weight to the boat lift.
  • Suitability: Great for those who prioritize safety and require efficient water drainage.

Custom Decking Solutions

IMM Quality Boat Lifts also offers custom decking solutions for clients with specific needs or preferences. This can include unique materials, custom colors, or specific designs tailored to individual requirements.


  • Personalization: Tailored to meet specific aesthetic and functional needs.
  • Unique Designs: Allows for creative freedom in decking choices.
  • Integration: Seamlessly integrates with the boat lift’s design and function.
  • Suitability: Ideal for those seeking a bespoke solution that aligns with their personal style or functional needs.


The decking on a boat lift is not just a functional component; it’s also an aesthetic choice that can enhance the overall appearance and value of your boating setup. IMM Quality Boat Lifts offers a wide range of decking options to suit various tastes, requirements, and budgets. From the durability of aluminum and PVC to the natural beauty of hardwood, each material has its unique advantages. By considering factors like environment, maintenance, budget, and personal preference, boat owners can select the perfect decking to complement their IMM Quality Boat Lift and ensure years of reliable and enjoyable use.  For more information you can contact us here.