With durability, practicality, and ease-of-use all rolled into one product, a professionally constructed floating dock from a trusted marine construction company can maximize the potential of any waterfront property in St. Augustine. Floating docks sit perched atop the water, providing a platform to accommodate all levels of the tide for ease of entry to and exit from any watercraft.
Shore Builders, Inc. provides all-encompassing marine construction services to help you leverage the most from your commercial or residential property, including new construction, dock repair, and dock restoration. Contact us today to schedule services.
Our general marine contractors create customized floating docks of all size and scale, tailored both to the requirements of your waterfront property and your functional preferences. The most common types of floating docks are made from aluminum, plastic, and wood. Contact us for help with determining the best type of floating dock for your residential or commercial property.
The durability of this type of dock is the overarching factor for its popularity. Floating docks made of aluminum are lightweight, but they can withstand a number of water and weather conditions, along with watercraft impact. Aluminum floating docks will eventually replacement due to corrosion, but they can be designed for easy towing during the offseason.
Wood has long been used to manufacture floating docks. The classic appearance of a wooden dock, and the ease of assembly over water harkens to lifelong memories for water enthusiasts but its natural buoyancy is effortlessly bolstered by the addition of foam floats and/or pontoons. With regular use and exposure to the elements, wooden docks require regular maintenance.
Floating docks made from plastic do not rust or rot as quickly as aluminum and wooden docks. What’s more, this type of dock is not porous, which makes for easy cleaning and a preserved aesthetic. Easy to install an engineered to last, it’s easy to understand why these floating docks prominently dot the shorelines throughout St. Augustine.
One of the foremost benefits of floating docks is their adaptability while on water. As the tides rise and fall, so do floating docks. As with traditional marine docks, floating docks are made using modular design and frame construction as well as highly durable materials. What’s more, our efficient repair and restoration services ensure your dock is always in top shape.
A modular design is common for a floating dock due to the variety of configurations it can produce. These docks are great for creating boat slips along with providing seating to entertain guests once the watercraft is docked. Plus, this design allows you to either move different parts of the dock as needs change or to remove it from the water in stages for offseason storage.
Construction of the frame of a floating dock is performed with future movement and repairs in mind. This means the floating dock is sturdy enough to withstand regular use but lightweight enough to be removed for repairs without hassle. The materials used in frame construction typically reflect the type of dock and the degree of intended use being created.
Because of the inherent proximity to moisture, floating docks must be constructed with moisture-resistant, durable materials that are both safe for the environment and pragmatic for the user. Most docks use a combination of materials for the decking, floats, and frame. Using durable materials is also a key component in creating a non-skid deck surface.
The platform sits on the general water surface with the help of floats, usually made from commercial steel tubes or foam-filled plastic billets. Though some designs use plastic drums or barrels as a means of floatation, these aren’t impervious to damage such as small holes from impacts. Even a tiny hole can all water to infiltrate and cause the dock to slant or possibly sink.
The manner in which a floating dock secures to the shoreline typically depends on the type of shoreline in question. Our team uses a variety of anchors, such as steel base plates, concrete anchors, and/or piling mounts to ensure the stability and security of a floating dock. Additional anchors may moor the dock to the seafloor to keep the platform in the desired location.
Simply put, size. Piers are designed and constructed to accommodate a wide range of watercrafts, from jet skis to ocean liners. Floating docks, however, are generally built for small to midsized watercrafts. In addition, piers are typically created as permanent fixtures that are anchored to the sea floor, while floating docks remain atop the water without an anchor.
The best type of floating dock is one that best suits your needs and accommodates intended use for years to come. The team of marine contractors with Shore Builders, Inc. meets with every client to learn about their needs and envisioned use for the dock. Thereafter, we work alongside each client to design a floating dock that provides years of function for any boating, watercraft or leisurely need. Upgrade your access to the water with a floating dock from Shore Builders, Inc. Contact us to find out how our marine construction can benefit your property.