Updated: Aug 12
Our customers increasingly use WearDeck to build floating docks for private, municipal, and commercial projects. While traditional piling structures support stationary docks, floating docks rest on the water's surface. Though fixed docks remain a popular choice, floating docks offer benefits that may ideal for your project. Read on to discover the unique advantages of floating docks.
Adapt to Water Conditions
Floating docks provide an ideal solution for projects that experience vast changes in water levels. While tides rise and fall, floating docks remain level to your boat. If water levels drop too far below a stationary dock, boaters may experience difficulty when boarding. If water levels rise too high, fixed docks may face submersion. Floating docks self-adjust with water levels to provide safe, constant access to your boat.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floating docks acclimate to weather conditions and provide greater protection for boats. During a storm or hurricane, stationary docks may succumb to submersion, damage, and collapse. Floating docks move with the water, and their elasticity reduces damage due to inclement weather.
Floating docks offer increased versatility compared to stationary docks. With more options to customize design, buyers can tailor floating docks to meet their needs. Reposition, remove, or add additional floating docks with ease. Homeowners can relocate and store floating docks in a safe space in cases of fierce weather or winters (source). The adaptability of floating docks makes modifying your space and dock easier and less expensive than a stationary dock.
Quick, Affordable Installation
Builders and homeowners can install floating docks quickly and more affordably than stationary docks. Floating docks do not require pilings or substructures for support, making them simpler to install and potentially cheaper. For projects in deep waters, buyers can avoid the cost of expensive, lengthy pilings. Floating docks usually take less time to install than stationary docks, and some floating docks can even be installed and ready to use in a day (source).
For projects tight on space, floating docks grant a convenient opportunity for expansion. Marinas often choose to incorporate floating docks among stationary docks to increase boat capacity. Waterfront properties can install floating docks to avoid obstructing breathtaking views and access to beach areas. Should you desire more dock range, you can simply add on another section of floating docks.
Build a Floating Dock That Lasts
If you decide to build a floating dock, select building materials that will enhance its longevity. From stainless steel composite screws to structural WearDeck boards, marine-grade products will make all the difference in the success of your project. Learn more about WearDeck, the last deck board you’ll ever need, here.