Are boat docks built the same as traditional decks?
They have the same weight distribution along with the same beams, joists and decking. There are a few differences, however, to help account for the placement of the dock and the fact that a portion of it will be submerged in water. Once you’ve dealt with these particulars, it’s possible to build a boat dock that can complement any surrounding and serve functionally for years to come.
Just like with deck construction, before building a boat dock or deck, it’s important to consider how you, your family or future owners may be using your new deck or dock.. Not all docks are used just for anchoring a boat, so while it’s possible to simply build an 8-foot square and tie a boat to one pillar, it’s far more practical to consider all the possible uses and work them into the final plan.
Some considerations to your dock or deck may include:
- Will you want furniture on the dock – there will need to be additional width to accommodate
- Will you fish off the dock – a built-in bench or storage containers at one end might be desired
- Will it be placed in full sunlight – if so, light-colored decking materials may be beneficial to avoid burning your feet
- Is the dock in shallow water – you may want to plan a railing into the design so someone falling off the side of the dock isn’t injured
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