Port of Orillia Marina – Ontario, Canada

Popular boating destination relies on moisture-resistant MoistureShield® composite decking for long-term durability and great looks, with minimal maintenance

Stretching 240 miles (386 km) from Lake Huron to Lake Ontario, Canada’s Trent Severn Waterway attracts thousands of boaters each year. The self-proclaimed “Jewel of the Trent,” the Port of Orillia Marina on the waterway’s Lake Couchiching is a popular spot for fishing and ice fishing. As Orillia experiences 161 days of rain or snow each year, moisture-resistant decking was a key consideration when the port built a new 220-slip marina in 2012.

“The city wanted a 40-year plus service life for the dock system, with minimal maintenance,” said contractor Jordan Kropf, Marine Sales for Kropf Industrial. “That requirement eliminated traditional wood. However, they also were looking for something that had a rustic, northern cottage look and feel – not a panel or grating. MoistureShield fit the bill as an attractive product that offers the required service life and simple maintenance. Of the available composites, we recommended this one due to the performance characteristics resulting from the manufacturing process, as well as the warranty and proven track record.”

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Port of Orillia Marina, Ontario, Canada
Photos courtesy Kropf Industrial

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“We like the look of the product and expect its durability to save on maintenance over the years,” noted Susan Lang, Harbor Master.

As the only water-resistant composite decking available in both 2x4 and 2x6 sizes, MoistureShield is both an affordable and attractive decking solution for any marina application – including decks, docks and boardwalks. It’s the only composite option that can withstand the rigors of harsh marina conditions. Made with a unique manufacturing process that protects each board to the core, MoistureShield is also the only composite decking durable enough to be installed on the ground, in the ground or underwater and still be protected by the industry’s leading lifetime warranty.

MoistureShield decking and railing’s moisture resistance results from a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process that fully encapsulates wood fibers in polyethylene plastic. This protects each board to the core, and allows them to be cut, drilled and fastened without compromising their ability to stand up to water. MoistureShield products come in a variety of colors, and deck boards are available with grooves to accommodate hidden fastening systems.