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Is it Time to Get a New Dock?

by Duncan Seawall


Docks provide enjoyable access to fishing, swimming, or boating and add value to your property. Over time, however, exposure to water and sunlight can cause problems that could compromise its safety and good appearance. The following are some issues that could mean it’s time to get a new dock:

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Age and Initial Construction

If your dock is already past its prime, you may want to have it replaced before problems start to get worse. Another consideration is whether your dock was well constructed in the first place. If it wasn’t, it should be replaced.

Dock Warping

Water can cause wood to shrink and swell, which can make your dock’s deck warp. If it’s severe, your dock should definitely be replaced to ensure its structural integrity.

Wood Rot

Constant exposure to water can cause your dock to rot. This can happen not only below the water line, but also above it, where the combination of air and water cause rotting.

Rusted Bolts

Rusted screws and bolts are difficult to turn and will eventually freeze in place. If you try to tighten or loosen them, they’ll break off. If they’re not replaced, your dock could be hazardous and even be at risk of collapsing.

Mold, Mildew, Fungus, and Algae

Damp wood can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, fungus, and algae. These organisms can discolor your dock and make it slippery and dangerous if they’re on the steps or decking.

You’d Like a New Design

Sometimes you’d like an entirely new dock design or configuration. We can help you create a dock to suit your needs, with a roof, boat lifts, improved railings, and just about anything else you can think of!

Contact us if you’re interested in building a new dock. Our experience team of marine contractors has the experience to help, whether you need a dock for your personal watercraft or one for a large marina with hundreds of slips.

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