Adding a boat dock onto your Bradenton home is a big decision, and the best way to keep it looking great is to properly maintain it. Your backyard addition provides a place for swimmers to access the water, a safe area to keep your boat, and a great spot for outdoor activities. However, none of these things will happen if you don’t take care of your dock. No matter if you chose hardwood or a composite, it will require upkeep.
How to keep your Bradenton boat dock looking great:
- Watch out for erosion: Shorelines are always changing, and after a big storm, you may need to bring in some extra soil to better secure the pilings.
- Regularly inspect the structure: Replace wood slats that are splintered, rotted, or cracked. Check that none of the metal fasteners are damaged. Make sure the stairs and walkways are sound to prevent any injuries.
- Keep the surface clean: Make sure to always use environmentally safe cleaners. If you have a wood dock, you can use a 3 to 1 mixture of olive oil and white vinegar to remove stains. A pressure washer, set to the proper setting, is also a viable cleaning solution.
- Protect the sides: If you secure your boat to the dock, and you live on a high traffic waterway, your boat may be pushed into the side of the structure from other boat’s wakes. Installing permanent bumpers will keep the wood sides from being repeatedly hit, and also keep your boat from being damaged.
If you are interesting in adding a boat dock onto your Bradenton backyard, call Priority Marine today. Not only do they offer a large selection of pre-designed looks to choose from, but they can also work with you to create a custom design specifically for you. They can also add whatever accessories you may want, from lighting fixtures, to storage and seating options. Using only the best materials possible, such as durable hardwoods and stainless steel fasteners, you can be certain your dock will be low maintenance and built to last.
For more information about Priority Marine’s Bradenton boat docks, call them today at 727-447-1373!