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Tips for Selecting the Right Dock

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Whether you want to buy a waterfront property or you own one already, you need to choose the type of dock that best suits your needs. A dock is a structure between your property and a body of water that helps with boat handling and enables access to the water. Property owners can install either a fixed dock or a floating dock.
Your choice of a dock will affect how well you enjoy your water-based recreational activities. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a dock for your waterfront property.
The two types of docks are floating and fixed docks.
Floating Docks
A floating dock is a platform with floatation fixed beneath that allows the structure to float atop the water. The floating platform is moored to wooden or metal posts fixed into the lakebed.
A floating dock rises and falls with the fluctuating water levels, allowing you easy access regardless of the rising or falling water levels. You can leave a floating dock in the water all year or use the dock seasonally as the need arises.
Fixed Docks
A fixed dock is a permanent structure that features a pier and a boat docking area. The platform is built atop wooden piles fixed into the lakebed. One side of the structure features steps for easy access to your boat or the body of water.
Unlike floating docks, fixed docks do not adjust to water level changes. Many property owners install both fixed and floating docks. This combination allows easy and safe access when the water level decreases and enables access to deeper waters.
Water Level
Before setting up a dock, consider the water fluctuation patterns at your lakefront property. If you opt for a floating dock, ensure that the dock will not sit at the bottom of the lake when the water recedes.
If you choose a fixed dock, you will need to install a boat lift with long cables to lower your boat when the water levels are low and to retrieve the boat back onto the dock.
Consider a fixed dock if your property is in a particularly windy area. A floating dock may not offer the performance stability needed in such windy areas. Additionally, floating docks move a lot in the wind and can be quite noisy.
Floating docks are not permanent structures and therefore are easier to customize. Modern floating docks have a modular design, allowing you to shorten, lengthen, or modify the dock to improve the utility.
Fixed docks are comparatively harder to configure because these docks utilize permanent posts that would otherwise need to be pulled out and re-driven back.
On the upside, you can build a fixed dock to complement the overall aesthetics of your lakefront property. With a fixed dock, you can easily integrate the dock with other existing waterfront amenities such as boardwalks and bridges.
On average, the price of fixed and floating docks does not vary greatly. The cost of fixed docks largely depends on factors such as length, size, and amount of posts.
On the other hand, the type of material greatly influences the price of a floating dock. Floating docks are built from concrete, aluminum, lightweight wood, and composite materials.
However, fixed docks built from woodpiles may have higher maintenance requirements than aluminum or concrete floating docks.
Your choice of a dock will largely depend on your recreational needs, environmental conditions, and the architectural disposition of your lakefront property.
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