How to Know Which Type of Dock Is Ideal for You
Building a dock may seem like a simple thing but there are several things one has to consider. It is paramount to consider which kind of area you are going to build the dock on. Since not all boat docks are created alike, it is important to consider how you intend to use the docks and the type of water you will build it on. There are two main type of docks, the floating dock and the fixed dock. Below is a brief description of the docks and their key features.
A floating dock is connected to land but is not anchored at the bottom of the water. when in an area where the water level changes frequently consider building a floating dock. They are also ideal for extremely deep waters or water bodies whose bottom is unstable due to murky or unstable waters that can not stably support a dock. There are a variety of shapes and sizes to which floating docks can be built depending with the needs of the owner. floating docks can be custom made or purchased in segments and connected. Equally important to building floating docks is the type of material that will be used to build them since they have to work well with the waters they will be submerged in. You can build the floating dock with lumber and a floating material like barrels where the decking and lumber framing will rest. This tends to give you more flexibility when choosing the type of decking you want.
Fixed dock is the other type of dock and is known as the stationery dock or permanent dock. Pilings are the anchors that hold the fixed dock in place at the bottom of the water. Length of the pilings is usually determined by the purpose of the dock and the height and depth of the water body. Fixed dock is usually ideal in areas where the waters are unstable and have frequent waves. Steel or wood are some of the materials that make pilings but in areas where there is salty waters wood is preferred.
For this type of dock, composite and lumber are ideal decking materials. Fishing, sunset viewing and securing a boat are some of the purposed of a fixed dock. Fixed docks are built to last for a long time and can help homeowners enjoy this unique space in their property.
Details like size and shape of your dock can come into play when you figure the type of dock you want. Some of the other valuable amenities that can go along with a dock include shade area, fishing area or entertainment area. Fun additions to your dock is another consideration you may want to make when building a dock and it will be dependent on the water area where you will set up your dock or the type of water craft you will use.