How to Choose Between a Floating and Stationary Dock

Should you build a stationary or floating dock? At WearDeck, we want your new dock to fulfill all your needs and last a lifetime. Both stationary and floating docks include distinctive benefits and disadvantages that will impact the success of your project. As you decide which type of dock to build, you should consider the location and desired use of your dock.

Floating vs Fixed Docks

Floating docks rest on the water’s surface. To keep floating docks in place, builders can install anchoring systems or attach floating docks to preexisting structures. By contrast, stationary docks sit on pilings rather than the water’s surface. Builders drive the column-like structures into the ground to hold fixed docks above the water (source).

Benefits of Floating Docks

Is your project located in deep waters? Will it experience vast changes in water levels? If you answered yes to either question, you may want to invest in a floating dock. You can avoid the expense of lengthy pilings and substructure if you install a floating dock in deep waters. In areas where water levels fluctuate often, floating docks adjust to current conditions. Their elasticity allows continual, safe access to your boat and provides superior protection for your boat during extreme weather.

Problems with Floating Docks

While floating docks provide an ideal solution for certain projects, they come with disadvantages. Floating docks may experience damage if water levels drop too low and expose them to the ground. Because they adjust to water conditions, floating docks rock and sway in areas with high boat traffic or rough waters (source). The constant motion can produce undesirable noise.

Benefits of Stationary Docks

Fixed docks ensure stability in areas with high boat traffic and low water levels. Unlike floating docks, stationary docks stay in position as boats pass by and water conditions change. Stationary docks act as a solid extension of your outdoor living space and can provide a secure setting for gatherings. Despite sizeable wakes, shallow waters, and low tides, fixed docks remain secure and functional.

Disadvantages of Stationary Docks

Stationary docks may present problems for projects in deep waters or in areas with substantial shifts in water levels. In deeper bodies of water, fixed docks require longer, expensive pilings that bend and warp over time. In locations where water levels can drop too far below a fixed dock, you can experience difficulty when boarding your boat. Fixed docks may also face submersion if water levels rise too high.

Build a Lasting Dock with WearDeck

As you decide between a floating and fixed dock, seek out superior building materials that guarantee the success and longevity of your project. We manufacture the ideal lumber for marine construction. Heat-reflective, waterproof, and weatherproof, WearDeck will be the last deck board you’ll ever need. Discover more about our products.

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