How to Plan Your Seawall Construction

If you have a waterfront property in Bradenton, odds are you already know the damage erosion can cause to your home. Most waterfront properties include protection, but what most homeowners don’t realize is that the weather and erosion is steadily causing damage to your seawall construction.

The best time to consider seawall construction in Bradenton is in the fall when water levels are the lowest. Next before your contractors start mixing up the concrete, you’ll need to research and make sure there are no necessary permits or regulations to follow. This is important for many different agencies to make sure you do not do anything that will negatively affect the environment.

Five Steps to a Great Construction

  1. Metal Pipes – By popular opinion, the easiest and most efficient way to build in Bradenton is to weld threaded rebar (bent into U-shape) to the metal rods to connect to the lumber.
  2. Digging – This step requires some heavy machinery because lodging steel beams about two feet into the seabed can be pretty challenging. Depending on what kind of bed you’re working with you may need to blast through rocks using a jackhammer or similar machinery.
  3. Pour the concrete – The key here is to pour the concrete without it getting wet. You will need a barrier that will keep the water out long enough while the concrete is being poured. Some people like to do this with a simple sump pump and a large bucket.
  4. Timber! This is the time to drill holes into the lumber and install them onto the threaded rebar. Each piece needs to be cut to the appropriate length of the wall.
  5. Final Touch – Once the basics are done, you will need to fill in the land side of the seawall with rocks, then gravel, sand and finally topsoil.

Planning Smart

Before you start planning your own seawall construction, give Priority Marine a call! A project like this is never easy. You will have to deal with material you may not be used to, and there is important planning that needs to go into this type of project. With an experienced and able team Priority Marine can guarantee a strong and sturdy protection for your home in Bradenton that’s guaranteed to last. If you have any questions call at (727) 447-1373.


Which Boat Lift Is Right For You?

If you have decided to invest and have a boat lift added to your Bradenton property, or are looking for an update to your existing one, you are probably hoping to get the best amenity possible.

Choosing the Type

While it is almost impossible to say one is the best, you will be able to determine which type will best fit your needs. Before you even look at your options, you should ask yourself a few questions to help you pin point what it is you are really looking for.

How Heavy Is The Lifting? When shopping for a boat lift in Bradenton, the main factor you will need to take into consideration is the weight of your boat. Depending on that, you might find that aluminum, or steel may be a good option for you. You will also need to take into account whether your home is on a river or the gulf, as some materials do better in fresh or salt water.

Will You Upgrade Soon? If you are planning to get a new boat very soon, it might be a good idea to plan ahead of this purchase. Getting something with a higher weight capacity may save you money down the road since it may avoid having to change the type of lift you have.

Picking Your Options

There is always the opportunity to custom pick what features you would like you amenity to have. For this, you’ll have to do your homework and research what’s available in Bradenton and what you want to have. Some of the common options may include:

  • Electrically operated, so you don’t have to put as much effort into parking your vessel. Installing this type of boat lift will require a safe source of power nearby, and also require more frequent care and manually operated ones.
  • Safety features and warranties are not all the same. Pay close attention to this aspect and look for a good warranty. As a general rule, it should be no less than a year, but you may get a longer coverage in some cases.
  • Maintenance will be required. While this isn’t an option directly related to the amenity, companies that deal with both installation and maintenance are often a good choice. This way you know the people who handle the work are already familiar with the system.

If you are looking for the perfect boat lift for your property in Bradenton, know you can trust the staff at Priority Marine. You’ll get to speak with people who are experience din construction and share your passion for boating. Rest assured that they will be able to give you the best tips all throughout the process of getting your new amenity.

If you have any questions want to set up an appointment, call Priority Marine at 727-447-1373.

Composite or Wood Decking?

If you are a St. Petersburg resident lucky enough to have a large backyard, or even a waterfront yard, you might be considering adding a deck or dock. This new addition is a great place to enjoy our wonderful, yard-round warm weather, and a perfect place to host some neighborhood get-togethers. Before you begin construction, an important factor to consider is what material to use—composite or wood decking.

As both offer numerous advantages and disadvantages, there is no clear cut winner when people ask which is best, since it all depends on your needs and budget. Once you look at what both materials have to offer, and you consider price, style, and upkeep, the choice will get easier.


When deciding between composite and wood decking for your St. Petersburg yard, the first thing you should consider is cost. You don’t want to fall in love with something that is way over budget! While composite will typically have one flat price, lumber will have a wide range, depending on the type and if it is treated to untreated. Cost will also depend on how large your deck is, so make sure you have mapped out the area and measured it first. Once you have chosen a budget, you will be able to see what materials are available to you, and narrow it down from there.


Regardless of which material, a deck is a large investment, so make sure you choose a look that you love. When it comes to wood decking, you will get a much more natural, rustic, beachy look, depending on if you go for a lighter or darker colored wood. As composite is manufactured, it will have a cleaner, more modern look. When choosing, you should also consider which will match best with your home’s exterior.


When it comes to keeping your St. Petersburg deck looking brand new, both composite and wood decking will require some upkeep. Composite will simply need to be cleaned with a pressure washer, while lumber requires a bit more. However, how much more will depend on the quality; more economical choices like pine will chip easier than mahogany or Ipe. Regardless of the type, wood should be stained and sealed every 1-3 years to keep it healthy and looking great.

Priority Marine

You can do all of the research in the world on the pros and cons of each material, but when it comes down to it, having a professional’s opinion is always helpful. Priority Marine will easily be able to help you choose which material will be the best choice for you.

For more information, or to get started on your project in St. Petersburg, call them today at 727-477-1373.