Do you have a pontoon boat
No worries. We didn't make his, but we can make upper decks and sun decks in custom sizes that fit your pontoon boat. If you have a short, or long pontoon boat, we've got you covered!
Order a custom size upper deck
A custom sized pontoon upper deck is so much more than a bimini canopy, a standard canvas sun cover, or any other top. It's a hand welded double deck made specifically for you to increase the fun in your boat. How can you say no to that? This is the pontoon accessory to invest in today. And every summer, party after party, you'll see the return on investment!
I got the worst case of sunburn this past week when I was out on the water. I was kayaking down one of our local rivers and the sun just sizzled my skin. I probably sped up the risk of skin cancer and I may have one hell of a weird tan, but all week I’ve been thinking--- If I was out on the pontoon boat, this wouldn’t have happened.
Why? Well, an upper deck does not just make a boat look good and more enjoyable; rather it keeps the sun off skin, for someone sitting on the lower deck. And for someone who will not admit they have fair skin, well, it is a good tool to have.
We’re serious about our product, we know the potential it has. We know if you invest in one, you are not just buying a deck for shade, but rather you are investing in fun. You are buying a tool we are hundred percent behind. A tool we know will provide great fun for the whole family, bring you closer on that date under the stars, and give you more boat capacity to enjoy the little activities like relaxing and fishing.
Don’t waste your time with a bimini canopy that you’ll have to replace in a year or two, if you are looking for sun shade. Get a tool that’s sturdy, last awhile, and has more potential. An upper deck for your pontoon boat is the right choice, and J’s Upper Deck do it yourself kit is the perfect custom fit for your pontoon boat.
Your pontoon boat deck is sensitive to weather damage. With hurricanes in the east and monsoon storms in the southwest, the rain will threaten to rot the wood on your deck. Or soak into the wood on your seats. A bimini canopy can help protect from rain but is it good at protecting against rotting wood? We know that it is a long stretch to say yes or no. However, it is true that weather damage will reduce the longevity of a bimini canopy. That is one disadvantage of having a cloth top like a bimini canopy.
Now you can say, who goes out on the lake on a rainy day? No one. however what do you do when when a sudden summer storm rolls in and destroys your clear day out on the lake… because it happens. Especially with the dramatic weather changes we have had in recent years.
So what can you do to protect your wood on your pontoon deck? Or even the carpet and seats? Easy, get an upper deck. Our upper deck frames are water proof because they are made with aluminum. They keep seats dry and they keep the sun from fading any upholstery. An upper deck is truly a roof that will protect any pontoon boat deck from rain, sun, or any random weather disaster this summer like hail.
Think of j’s upper deck like a fancy umbrella that will keep you, and your boat dry this summer and future summers to come!
If you noticed on our pricing page, we sell both sun decks and upper decks. They look a lot alike, but there is a difference between the two products. A lot of people have been asking what the differences are, so, let's take a look:
That is the difference between an upper deck and a sun deck. If you are looking at adding an upper deck for your pontoon boat and have a question, feel free to drop us a line and ask. We'll get right back to you with an answer.
When you're in the market for pontoon boat accessories, you'll find several companies you can purchase from. The most common accessory, usually leading the first page, is a wide variety of bimini tops. This fact isn't surprising. The material that bimini covers are made of has a limited life span. J's Upper Decks don't have an expiration date. Built with all construction grade aluminum, J's not only will be the last top you buy, it is a great investment. In most cases, when a pontoon boat has several accessories that add up to a few thousand dollars, you get little return on your investment. During my pontoon boat rental days, we bought and sold several boats. As bimini tops folded under the pressure of abusive renters, we replaced the bimini tops with sun decks and upper decks. When it came time to sell a boat, depending on the size and type of J's accessory we had on it, we were able to add the cost of the J's Upper Deck to the sale price, and sell the boat in less than a week.
THE BOTTOM LINE; BUY another bimini, or INVEST in a J's Upper Deck.
Your pontoon deck is probably covered with a soft, perfect on your toes carpet. Maybe it's carpet that came with the boat, or maybe it's carpet that you had specifically put on your deck during a restoration project; either way, you've gotta keep it fresh. Weather damaged carpet can lead to rotting wood on your deck. Which as we all know, can lead to destroying your pontoon boat. Unless you always want your pontoon boat in restoring mode--you're gonna have to do something about protecting it.
But, what can be done?
One way to keep from getting water and fish blood soaking into the carpet, and protecting it from other liquids is to scotch guard it. This will make it so that any liquid can bead off. But, it won't protect the carpet from excessive rain or any other elements like dust storms, etc.
Weather damage can be prevented of course by adding a bimini canopy top or a hard top. This will protect rain and other weather from hitting the carpet. The best solution is not to get a soft bimini canopy if you go this route. The reason is that the bimini canopy will eventually collapse from weather damage as well. Instead, invest in a hard top like J's Upper Decks. The double deck will add as a weather proof cover, protecting the carpet and the pontoon deck.
Rain is not the only thing to be concerned about. Excessive sun can also cause damage to carpets and wood, especially if the wood is not treated right. Sun can lead to warpping. Having a hard top like an upper deck will keep the sun off the deck and in return, add years to your carpet---and seats!
Remember, adding an upper deck is an easy DIY restoration project that can be done in a few hours. It's definitely worth it if you want to save years not only carpet, but seats, and the deck too! So consider it a solution to keep your carpet fresh.
Our upper decks may keep nature from destroying your carpet, but it doesn't stop beer stains. If you are looking for a great carpet cleaner, we recommend using Aurora all purpose boat cleaner. This stuff gets out everything and can be used on any surface---including carpets!
We talk a lot about what one can do with an upper deck and why every pontoon boat owner should invest in one. But, what is an upper deck?
An upper deck is not a bimini canopy, nor is it a regular sun shade. It is not a sun deck per say, and it is not a roof.
An upper deck actually
Jay Fender owns and operates J's Upper Decks in Clarkdale, Arizona.