Floating docks are one of the dock options available for boaters. If you are simply looking for another way to enjoy your waterfront location, or if you are looking to add the dock for commercial use, floating docks should be considered. This type of dock sits on top of the water, and as the tide goes in and out, the dock raises and lowers with the water levels. If there are a lot of water fluctuations where you are looking to add a boat dock, the floating dock is the ideal option. Floating docks are also ideal for those looking to add a dock where the water has a high depth or steep slope, or where there is a lot of muck on the bottom. Floating docks are easy to install and maintain. They also are great at withstanding unfavorable weather conditions.
Even though floating docks simply rest on the water, it is important to look into getting the required permits in order to install the dock. The length of the dock that you want to build, your location, the impact on the environment, the materials you intend to use, and public access points are all considered when it comes to permitting. Rules for getting a permit for buildings vary depending on the location and body of water. It is best to talk to your local water authority to find out exactly what you need; or hire a builder to permit and install the dock for you. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that the dock is assembled properly, legally and that it will last for many years to follow.
Floating docks are the ideal option for most boaters, because:
- They offer quick installation: You can purchase a floating dock completely assembled, and it takes very little time to install because it is not attached to the lake or sea bed. You can try the task yourself, or hire a contractor to do the quick task in order to get your dock up and running in just a day or two.
- They are easy to take down: You can add years of life to your floating dock by removing it from the water when it isn’t in use. This is ideal for those that have cold winters, as most floating docks are portable. You can even take it if you decide to move!
- They can be customized: You can change the arrangement of your floating dock as many times as you want. The pieces can be interchanged to create U, L, or straight patterns.
- They adapt to your needs: Because floating docks rest on top of the water, you will always be able to get on and off of your boat easily. The dock will always be at the ideal level for maximum comfort, no matter what level the water is at.
- They are cost-effective: There are minimal materials and take little time to install, which makes the floating dock a very cost-effective choice compared to the traditional stationary dock.
- They can be used to entertain: Swimmers can hop up on the dock to enjoy some time sunbathing. Fishermen can head out on the dock to reel in a big one. Floating docks are very versatile, and can serve as an extension of your outdoor living space.
If you choose to go the route of hiring a contractor to design and install your floating dock, you are in complete control of how the dock will turn out. You can fully customize your floating dock if you choose to hire a local contractor. The local contractor knows the rules and regulations for permitting and building. You can let the contractor know what you are looking for design and feature-wise, and they will be able to turn your vision into a reality.