Dock Builders: How to Decide On the Right Dock for Your Property

So you’re considering hiring dock builders for your Tampa home, but you’ve just started researching and don’t know what you want or how to decide.  How do you know the best design, size for your property, or what materials are best for your budget?

When you first decided to buy a home on the water, it took great consideration to ensure that the house was not only the right price, but the proper size, location, and in a neighborhood that suited you as well.  Just as with home buying, it’s important to take all of your concerns into account.  Only then can you look into permits, and what you can and cannot build on your property.

So what is the first step?  Consider the needs of your future addition:

  1. Do I want to entertain friends and family?
  2. Do I want to store my boat there?
  3. What kind of water activities do you want to engage in?
  4. How long will you be at your current residence?
  5. Do you share the waterfront with other residents?

Once you have the basic list, it’s time to expand on each category.  You want to flesh out your categories as much as possible – hopefully covering all eventualities.

Do I want to entertain friends and family?

If the answer to this question is yes, you can get an idea of the minimum size that your deck will need to be.  How many people will you want to have over?  Do you prefer small get togethers or big parties?  Do you want to lounge in the sun or the shade?  This last question can help Tampa dock builders determine the width of your addition and the possibility of an added gazebo to your dock.

Do I want to store my boat there?

If you are a boating fanatic like all of our dock builders, there are many factors for you to consider here.  How large is your vessel?  Will you be storing it at your dock, on land, or at a marina?  If you are storing it at your dock, you will want a boat lift to keep it high out of the water and safe.  You also have the option for a covered lift, or even a boat house, depending on your location and the size of the craft.

How long will you be at your current residence?

The materials you choose can have varying effects on the lifetime of your dock.  While standard, pressure treated lumber is most commonly used by dock builders, if you are planning to stay at your residence for the foreseeable future, perhaps the Brazilian hardwood called Ipe would be more appropriate.  This wood is rated at 25+ years and the highest quality natural option available.  You also might consider the new TREX composite materials that look exactly like wood, but are completely resistance to rot, sun, and insect damage.

Do you share the waterfront with other residents?

The size, shape, and length of your dock are greatly dependent on your property, permit restrictions, and your neighbors, which all have to be considered when hiring dock builders in Tampa.

After gathering all of this pertinent information, you’ll feel much more prepared.  If you still feel over whelmed, your local Tampa dock builders can help you, too!

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