The aesthetic of a well designed teak deck is a major factor for most when it comes to whether or not to have a deck fitted on your boat. While the look and feel is a major factor let us first have a look at the other ways that a synthetic teak deck benefits your boat.
Feet, shoes, anchors and equipment greatly increase wear on the deck areas of your boat. Swim platforms and areas used for boarding and loading are usually the most at risk. Adding synthetic teak decking to these areas will essentially give them a 4.8mm thick long lasting, UV resistant, shock absorbing suit of armor. Nuteak is 100% non-absorbent, so once the panel is glued down and the edges sealed with the marine grade, UV resistant sealant, the structural components below are thoroughly protected from abrasion and the elements.
That depends on what you want to add to your boat. If you would like to preserve your gelcoat and the structural components below, then install synthetic teak on high traffic areas like swim platforms and loading areas. If you would like to increase the safety of your vessel, add high quality, non-slip, synthetic teak to high risk areas like steps and catwalks. If the nautical look and atmosphere is what you are after then put Nuteak in any areas you feel it will improve the look.