There are many home improvement projects that you might be considering for this spring. Many, like a new roof or a backyard deck, offer a great return on investment for you. If you have a boat, however, a dock may be an even better investment than a deck. A dock and a deck are very similar in construction, but they have some key differences. Read on for some important things to consider when planning for your custom boat dock.
The biggest difference between a dock and a deck is that part of the dock is always submerged under water, and that part is subject to harsher conditions than the rest of the dock. For this reason, you likely wan the majority of your deck to be above the water line, but not so high that it is difficult to get into and out of your boat. Consider carefully how you want your dock to function (after all, if it is too high, you won’t be able to fish or dive off of it either), and make the plan based on that.
Some people sink the posts of their dock into the bed of the pond or lake and think that is enough. While it is easier to build that way, it is not the most stable method. Another method is to fill PVC pipes (12” or 18” pipes) with cement and sink your posts into them and then sink the whole thing into the bed of the pond. The PVC should extend above the surface of the water to protect the wooden posts from the effects of the water.
There are lots of decking options to choose from for your custom boat deck. The traditional choice is pressure treated wood, but many people are opting instead for other materials that may last longer. Wood is also more likely to warp and splinter when exposed to the constant onslaught of water and sun. Composite decking is a popular choice because it doesn’t need to be painted or stained and it has superior moisture resistance. Modified wood is another good option. Modified wood is a soft wood that is transformed into a durable hardwood, it doesn’t require painting or staining, and it doesn’t heat up in the sun. It also maintains the look and feel of natural wood, which makes it ideal for decks.
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