• 06 Jun
    Dock Repairs – Signs Your Dock Needs TLC

    Dock Repairs – Signs Your Dock Needs TLC

    If you have a boat dock that you have built for enjoying activities, such as fishing, boating, or swimming, it is perfectly natural for it to show signs of wear and tear over many years. You may have begun to notice how the walkway has become bent or crooked or the some parts of it have been chipped away due to years of wave and ocean currents.

    The hard part, however, is deciding if it requires a few repairs or gone beyond its use and need a replacement. Having this clarity can help you save a considerable amount of money in repairs. The following are a few warning signs for deciding when to replace your boat dock.

    Dock supports show cracks

    If you notice your dock supports have cracks or are bent, then this is one strong sign that you boat dock needs replacing. The force of strong waves and ocean currents can result in the boat dock structure to bund due to the high pressure. If this is too much, it can even lead the dock supports to become crack and break.

    Another possible reason behind cracks on your dock supports could be the impact of running your boat into the dock structure. If you notice that the cracks are small and on individual beams, you can easily get the damaged parts replaced. However, if these cracks have affected a large section of the dock, then you have no choice but to replace it entirely.

    The waterline foundation has taken damage

    Damage to the foundation under the waterline is another strong indicator. Such kind of damage is extremely dangerous as it is the basis upon which your boat docking structure rests. If you notice any major cracks or erosion, be sure to have you dock replaced in its entirety.

    Rust on platforms and supports

    Due to the dock coming into contact with water so frequently, there is bound to be a build-up of moisture, which can result in rusted dock supports and platforms. This is not a big thing if the affected area is small in size since you can easily get it repaired. However, if it has affected a very large area, then it replacing your boat dock is long overdue.

    Rotting of wood in multiple areas

    If you have a wooden boat dock, it is perfectly normal for it to rot due to water fungus and wear and tear. However, if you find that the rotting has spread to multiple areas simultaneously, you should not try wasting any time for repairs as it will be very expensive and pointless. Simply get your boat dock replaced to be make the most of your boating or other outdoor adventures.

  • 28 May
    How to Anchor Your Dock

    How to Anchor Your Dock

    When you are choosing the perfect docking system for your cottage, you have to pay proper attention to the type of dock, the exact makeup of your shoreline, as well as the type of waterway that you will be using. All of these factors play a role in determining what dock and ramp system you should get. The main thing that you should focus on is getting something that is both, well designed and structurally robust. Anchoring your dock is n investment, which is why you should heed the tips that are mentioned below:

    #1 Know the different types of anchor docks

    If you have a floating dock, it is obvious that it will require anchoring. Large concrete blocks that weigh from 250 to 3,000 pounds are considered ideal anchors for them. You can attach anchor chains to the blocks in a crisscross style, and when the water recedes during summer you can adjust the chains. People also use guy wires that extend from the shoreline to the side of the dock, and when these 2 systems are combined together, they provide a fail-safe anchoring system.

    Lift and pipe docks are generally not anchored at the bottom of the like, as they can be placed strategically on base pads. Concrete anchors are considered as the best way to secure floating docks, so make sure that you use galvanized chains that can be attached to the dock.

    #2 Pick the right option with silty lakebeds

    If the lakebed is silty, you can try 18”x18” concrete pier pads. If you have a lift or pipe dock, which has a boat tied to it, you should then put a large concrete block right under the dock to provide extra stability. This will keep your dock firmly in place even if a storm tries to upset it.

    #3 Not all types of shoreline provide the best fit for a dock

    People generally require floating docks on shorelines that have fluctuating water levels or those that have muddy water. If your feet are sinking up to your knees when you walk to the lake, then it is considered as the best place for a floating dock.

    If you have a solid shoreline or one that drops off quickly, then you should definitely consider a floating dock. Make sure that the floating dock is more than 6 feet wide, since anything less than that can be quire unstable.

    On the other hand, lift and pipe docks are the preferred choices on lakes that don’t have soft bottoms and the water isn’t very deep.

    By admin Dock Lake ,
  • 21 May
    Getting Your Dock Ready for Summer

    Getting Your Dock Ready for Summer

    Spring is here, winding it’s way to summer and visions of fishing, sailing, swimming or just laying out on your dock with a good book as you enjoy the sunshine. Before the summer is in full swing take a look at some things to do to get your dock ready for the summer.

    Things to inspect when getting your dock ready.

    • Check to see whether your dock is level and not tilting one way or the other.
    • Make sure you any loose boards, or rotten ones that need replacing, check to see if they are still well attached.
    • With wood, you will want to apply an annual sealant to protect it from the effects of the sun and water.
    • Are your hinges still in good working order? Are all of the pins attaching them in place?
    • Is your anchoring in place? Make sure your cables are in good shape, not broken or frayed.
    • Make sure your handrails are secure and provide good support for walking.
    • Make sure any boat lifts are still mounted tightly and are in working condition.

    Consider contracting with us for some of your maintenance needs.

    After taking note of the condition of your dock, decide whether you want to go ahead and contract with someone for maintenance, depending on the extent of preparation needed and the time involved. You may contact us to discuss repair and maintenance needs. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you.

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