What to Consider When Building a Boat Dock

Having your own boat dock in Clearwater can provide you with a number of advantages—no monthly marina cost, easy access to your boat, and the security of knowing it is close by.

Priority Marine understands that making the decision to build your own boat dock can open the door to many benefits, but it can also be a confusing process if you don’t know where to start.

Here are some things to consider before you begin to build:

Should I get a fixed or floating dock?

Fixed docks

One dock option for your Clearwater home is a fixed or stationary dock, which is installed using heavy machinery in order to secure the fixture deep beneath the water. These can be favorable if the area you’re living in has rough waters, as fixed docks can withstand most environments. Fixed boat docks also provide you with the option of adding a boat lift for out-of-water storage.

Stationary docks can also increase the value of your home, as the deck can be constructed to accommodate a bar, boat house, or gazebo for entertaining.

Floating docks

If your property is situated in an area of Clearwater where the sea floor is uneven or water is particularly deep, a floating dock can often be a more cost efficient choice. The structure of a floating boat dock is supported on floats instead of pylons, which can become costly when built in deep waters. These docks can be installed much faster than the fixed docks and for a much smaller budget. The floating docks also come in three different shapes—“L,” “T,” and “U”—to accommodate your docking needs.

What type of decking material should I choose?

Wood

Choosing a natural wood deck is often the most budget-friendly option for your Clearwater Bay boat dock. There are a variety of wood types to choose from, and you always have the option of sealing your wood deck to prevent weathering, which is great for protecting against hurricane season. Wood can also be refinished if it dulls or fades from being subjected to the Florida sun year-round. Though the maintenance of refinishing and sealing wood decks regularly can be a lot of work, wood also offers the benefit of being less heat retentive, so you can walk outside barefoot without getting scorched, as opposed to artificial materials.

Composite

Composite decking can offer more resilient boat docks than wood because it is made from recycled plastics, so mold, rot, and insects won’t cause problems over time. You can choose a variety of finishes for your Clearwater oasis, many of which can mimic real-wood almost indistinguishably. Because recycled materials are more resistant to being worn-down, this option can save time and money when it comes to upkeep.

Cellular PVC

This option offers many of the same benefits as composite decking, such as being resistant to mold, pest, and rot, but it goes even further and resists scratches and stains, which means you can host as many parties as you want knowing your deck won’t wear down. This material also comes in a variety of colors and finishes that won’t fade in the Florida sun.

The best way to decide which structure and material will work best for your Clearwater home is to call the professionals at Priority Marine at 727-447-1373. They can help with the planning and designing processes to ensure that your boat dock is everything you’re dreaming of.

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