When starting the process to purchase or build a new dock, dock prices are one of the first things to consider. This is because building a dock is a big investment and a large project for many soon-to-be dock owners. This process will require much time, planning, and research, as there are many factors to consider. Things like desired weight of decking, upfront dock prices and long-term maintenance costs, rotting, upkeep, permits or inspections, and desired dock use are all factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a dock.
Depending on the materials used, the type of decking you prefer, and the type of dock you’d like to have, dock prices vary considerably. According to Home Advisor’s latest survey, many soon-to-be dock owners will spend between $2000 and $5000 on their new dock. If you are curious about specifically how much your desired dock will cost, please give us at Recreational Services a call at 1 (231) 633-1665. We offer a complimentary waterfront consultation that allows us to personally measure your water depth and assess your waterfront needs. This consultation and assessment allows us to provide you with an exact quote.
While it is important to consider upfront dock prices, it is also important to consider maintenance and maintenance costs over the lifespan of your desired dock. Aluminum and vinyl docks tend be the most high quality choice for dock decking, especially if you are looking for a maintenance free dock. This is because aluminum and vinyl decking tend to be lighter than wood, composite, or plastic decking and therefore are easier to remove for inspection or storage. Vinyl and aluminum docks are also resistant to rotting, decay, and paint fading/damage. Finally, vinyl and aluminum docks will not rust, twist, or warp over the lifespan of the decking and require no maintenance beyond that preferred by the dock owner.
On the other hand, wood docks tend to need the greatest amount of maintenance and often lose their great looks rather quickly due to fading or damage. In general, you would want to power wash your wood dock annually, and apply a finish or a stain to your wood dock every three or four years to keep it looking as fresh as possible. In addition, owners of wood docks need to watch for warping, rotting, splinters, and nails over time.
Docks are used for many reasons, including access to a boat or pontoon, fishing, swimming, work or work events, other special events and parties, sunbathing, relation and reading, and more. As you start your search for the best dock prices and decking, remember to consider the primary use of your new dock. If you want to use your dock for sunbathing, fishing, and/or relaxation, wood decking may not be the best solution. Wood decking tends to warp over time, may turn hot to the touch on warm summer days, and is prone to nails or splinters. This may make your dock less appealing over time.
At Recreational Services, we prefer and proudly sell maintenance free vinyl docks, made of aluminum construction and stainless steel and zinc plated hardware. We believe vinyl docks make the best choice for decking, because vinyl docks have the flexibility for custom layouts and design. They are a non-skid decking that can withstand waves and storms. Best of all, vinyl docks require no maintenance, are long lasting, and are resistant to fading, rotting, warping and nails.
Recreational Services is an authorized TriMet Dock dealer and specialize in TriMet dock sales. When you are ready for your new dock, we will come to your waterfront and discuss any available options with you. This complimentary waterfront consultation will allow us to better understand your needs as a dock owner, as well as take the right measurements in order to purchase the best fitting dock for your specific location. After this complimentary waterfront consultation, we will be able to provide you with an exact quote so that you are no longer guessing at dock prices.
In addition to selling these high quality and maintenance free docks, Recreational Services also provides dock installation and removal, dock repair, water trampolines, and boat hoist transportation on land or water. We provide services to Long Lake, Silver Lake, Glen Lake, Crystal Lake, Platte Lake, Duck Lake, Green Lake, North Lake Leelanau, South Lake Leelanau, Spider Lake, Arbutus Lake, Lime Lake, Little Traverse Lake, and Torch Lake.
How much does it cost to build a dock? 2017. Home Advisor. Retrieved from http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/outdoor-living/build-a-dock/.