3 Important Considerations When Building A Lakeside Dock

by Grace Motley

If you have live on a lake where you can take out a boat, it makes sense to build your lakeside dock. A dock provides you with a place to lounge and hang out near the water. It provides an easy way for swimmers to get in and out of the lake. It also provides a place to anchor a boat or a set of jet skis. When it comes to building a dock on your property, there are some factors you need to take into consideration.

1. Floating or Stationary

When to comes to docks, the two primary styles of docks are floating docks or stationary docks. With a floating dock, this style literally floats on the surface of the lake. The dock will rise as the water level in the lake fluxgates throughout the year. Some floating docks have a semi-permanent design so that they can be taken out of the water. This is a good idea if you live on a lake that freezes in the winter, as the freezing water and winds can be damaging to the dock.

Stationary docks are built using either concrete or woodpiles that are placed into the lakebed. They are strong and stable, as they must weather external conditions year-round. Because of this, they also often require a little more maintenance.

2. Decking Materials

Second, you need to carefully consider what type of decking materials you want to use on your dock. Regular wood can easily break down due to exposure over time. Modified wood is a popular option as it is a moisture-resistant treated wood that lacks toxic chemicals. This kind of wood is protected against bugs and rot while still retaining a wood dock's look and feel. It can withstand most weather conditions. Alternatively, you can use aluminum or composite materials, both of which are strong materials designed to withstand lots of weather conditions over time.

When choosing a decking material, you want to select something that will look good with your overall surroundings and be long-lasting. Traditional wood may not be the right option, but modified wood, aluminum, or composite are all three strong, long-lasting materials you can use instead.

3. Location

Third, you need to consider where you want to put the dock. It should be placed somewhere that is easy for you to walk out to and access from your property. You also need to consider the shoreline when choosing a location. Be sure to place the dock somewhere where it will extend outward into water deep enough for you to pull your boats or jet ski up to the dock. At the same time, you don't want to place the dock near a drop-off that is so deep that it would be difficult to anchor the dock.

If you have a rocky shoreline or have a significant drop-off, you may want to go with a floating dock. If the coastline is flatter and smoother, a stationary dock will work better.

When it comes to taking full advantage of your lakefront property, you need a dock. A dock is more than a place to anchor a boat because it also serves as an easy way to get in and out of the water. It can also be a place to lounge and hang out on your property. For more information, contact a home dock construction company.