If you are fortunate enough to live on the water in these turbulent times, you may be considering the great advantages of having a dock on your property. As you can see in the above image, sitting on a dock can be very relaxing and help with stress, as well as give you a great fishing and boat launching platform.
Building a dock is outside most people’s expertise. However, there is a company we would like to suggest where you can get your dock supplies as well as expert advice on the best and most affordable way there is to build your own dock. That company is Decks & Docks Lumber Company.
Decks & Docks Lumber Company supplies the marine construction industry across Florida and the southeast U.S. They just opened their newest store in Savannah, Georgia. If you’re building a deck, dock or seawall anywhere near water, you should talk to them. They are the experts in the niche of marine construction. Whether you’re a homeowner, contractor, marina, or golf course, you can trust that Decks & Docks has the most knowledge, the best products, and the highest level of service in the southeast.
Along with the best dock supplies, you are going to need expert advice if you have never built a dock before. Decks & Docks experts can surely help you, but we would also suggest to our readers interested in building their own dock to read this article from Professional Deck Builder Magazine, as well as this one from Cabin Life. The article from Professional Deck Builder Magazine even has step by step illustrations to help you with your dock building project.
There are three basic dock types. We have described each of these below:
Basic dock types
The next thing you’ll want to consider is what type of dock is best for your situation:
- A floating dock is anchored to your shoreline and the lake bottom and supported by pontoons or flotation units. It may be the most versatile type of dock, because it’s easy to buy, install and configure, and it will rise and fall with the lake level. If your lake will freeze in winter, a floating dock is typically easy to remove and store, which avoids potential ice damage. The drawback to a floating dock is its relative lack of stability. Many people can be intimidated by walking on floating docks because they move with every wave and footstep. They’re not tippy, but the feeling of stability that a post or crib dock offers is just not there.
- Post docks use stanchions, or leg-support assemblies, placed about every 10 feet along the dock to support it. The “feet” of the leg supports actually sit directly on the lake bottom, making the dock semi-permanent. Post docks are very popular, and they offer stability and a sense of permanence that floating docks just don’t have. They can be surprisingly easy to install and remove, especially units made from aluminum or a combination of aluminum and plastic or wood decking material. Many can be removed and installed (after the initial setup, of course) in a matter of hours, making them ideal for freezing climates where ice damage to the dock’s legs is a possibility. Rolling docks that have wheels can make this even easier.
- Crib docks are typically designed and installed by professionals, and they are the most permanent and expensive type of docks. The “crib” part refers to the support structures that hold the dock to the lake bottom. Each “crib” looks like a crate. The cribs are typically built from large treated timbers, then placed every 10 feet or so on the lake bottom and filled with large rocks. The cribs provide a permanent anchor for the dock’s upper structure and walkways. For a complex dock with multiple piers, levels and even overhead structures (like a boathouse or a deck), a crib dock usually offers the best strength and integrity. Crib docks are generally not available in kit form; they are custom-built structures designed and built on-site (if state and local regulations allow), and they’re definitely not designed to be moved or removed from the water.
Hopefully, by reading our blog post and getting your dock supplies from Decks & Docks, you will end up with the most beautiful, functional dock you could possibly have.