Georgia's Port Royale Marina Relies on High-Performance Composite Decking during Its Multi-Million Dollar Transformation


The full-service marina chose water-resistant MoistureShield® composite decking to add durability to its featured enhancements

Port Royale Marina

Lake Lanier is a boater's paradise located an hour outside Atlanta. The Georgia lake attracts more than 7 million visitors per year, and on the western shore, the 500-slip Port Royale Marina is the gateway to the lake's scenic north end.

In the midst of its multi-million dollar upgrade, Port Royale found the value in the addition of high-performance composite decking to enhance it amenities. The marina’s owner and operator, TEI Industries, installed MoistureShield’s Cape Cod Gray and Desert Sand composite decking for its:

  • Main deck
  • Docks
  • Access bridge
  • Raised walkways
  • Finger peers
  • Pelican Pete restaurant deck
  • "Water Play Place" (children's spray park)

"We chose composite decking because we didn't want to have the maintenance issues associated with regular wood decking," said Brent Pearson, Operations Manager for TEI Industries. "Prior to MoistureShield, we always used 2x8 pressure treated lumber. Long-term durability is the key of course, that’s why we chose MoistureShield. Plus, our customers love it."

Port Royale Marina

Pearson notes that while composite decking weighs more than treated lumber and requires additional flotation on docks, it weighs much less than concrete and does not have the maintenance problems of wood and concrete. Composite decking is also a cost-effective choice. "There are other alternatives, such as fiberglass, etc., but they are more costly," said Pearson. "Ironwood or ipe have incredible strength and easily work with 24-inch on-center structural supports and last a long time, but are twice the price these days of composites."

In addition to its affordability, MoistureShield’s unique manufacturing process encapsulates wood fibers in water-resistant polyethylene plastic, making it so resistant to moisture that it can be installed on the ground, in the ground or even underwater. This moisture resistance made it a perfect choice for Port Royale Marina's decking, which is subject to high moisture exposure from Georgia’s humid climate and contact with the lake water. One of the marina's amenities that receives especially intense water exposure is the "Water Play Place," which is a special deck with water fountains for children to splash in. Unlike other composite decking brands, MoistureShield is well-suited for such continual soaking.

Beyond its exceptional performance benefits and great looks, MoistureShield is simple to install, as Pearson explains: "It's easy to work with, and obviously easier to fasten in place than ipe or concrete, that’s for sure – its workability is similar to wood."

MoistureShield composite decking and railing offers the solution for every decking need with its range of attractive colors, realistic embossed wood grain patterns and grooved boards to accommodate hidden fasteners. Because of a unique manufacturing process, each MoistureShield board is protected to the core, and is backed by the industry's leading lifetime warranty. With 95% total recycled content, MoistureShield products are also an environmentally responsible choice, helping prevent discarded plastics from ending up in landfills.

Photos courtesy Port Royale Marina