If you have beachfront property, you have probably thought about putting in a dock. This can be a great way to develop your land, which could increase the value of your property. However, you may be wondering what type of dock to put in. There are many different types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Before choosing which type of dock to put in, it is important to consider what you will be using the dock for. For example, you would need a different dock for fishing in deep water than you would need for a putting out a canoe or kayak in shallow water. Ponder your goals for this dock carefully, before deciding on which type of dock you will put in.
There are three basic types of docks. They can be made of different materials as well.
A floating dock is one of the most common types of docks, since they are very versatile. They sit on top of the water due to the decking being installed over the top of airtight drums that float on top of the water. Since they float, they rise and fall with the tide, never becoming submerged. They can be left out, throughout the winter, in places where ice will not cause them damage, but they can also be taken out of the water relatively easily, in the case of bad weather.
A pipe dock is one where a frame of aluminum pipes are installed deeply into the ground, below the water. An aluminum dock is then attached to these pipes. While they are probably the most cost-effective docks to build, pipe docks must be given a substantial dose of maintenance, since they can easily become submerged or damaged.
A piling dock is similar to a pipe dock, though instead of an aluminum dock or aluminum pipes, heavy wood poles are installed. These poles can be pretty difficult to install, though they are the most permanent docks. They are strong and capable of changing with the rise and fall of water levels, due to the dock being attached to the poles with hoops or rollers. These docks work best for large boats and fishing docks.
In conclusion, careful consideration should go into the type of dock you intend to put in, as well as the material you are to use. With the right dock in place, you are sure to have many happy and safe adventures, all from your very own port.