Things to Consider Before You Build a Dock

If you are looking to enhance your St. Petersburg home with a new boat dock, look no further than Priority Marine. Our trained experts can help you with your project from start to finish. Here are some important things to consider if you are looking to start a project like this:

Types of Boat Docks

There are many different types of structures that work best with different shorelines, weather conditions, and watercraft housing. Some common types of structures include:

  • Floating– This structure is solely supported by floats; unlike other systems, there are no leg supports going into the water. Great for smaller projects because they are relatively inexpensive, easy to assemble, and can be used with fluctuating water levels.
  • Pipe– This dock sits above the water on posts or pipes with a base plate embedded in the ground underwater. This can be removed during colder weather and has little impact on the environment.
  • Crib– These boat docks are constructed by filling a container with rocks and filler. They are made to stay in place for years, pushing down the ground beneath it. While it is sturdy, it is rough on the surrounding environment which makes it hard to get a permit.

These are only a few of your options when it comes to building a boat dock in St. Petersburg. A Priority Marine expert can show you all of your options and help you decide which would work best for your project.

Best Boat Dock Materials to Use

There are a variety of materials used to create boat docks. It’s best to choose the materials based off of the size of the project, the weather in your area, and the use for your dock. The professionals at Priority Marine can answer any questions you may have about which materials to use for your boat dock. Materials offered at Priority Marine include:

  • Treated Pine
  • Hardwoods
  • TREX Composite decking

Permits and Regulations

A major benefit to working with Priority Marine for your boat docks in St. Petersburg is the fact that we help with the permitting process for your project from start to finish. We will work with your local regulations to make sure that the proper permits are issued for your project.

Boat docks can make a great addition to your property, and Priority Marine is ready to help. Call today at (727) 447-1373 to speak with an expert and schedule an appointment.

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