A dock can be an important addition to your waterfront property. In addition to making it possible to easily secure your boat, this can also provide you with a convenient and safe way of accessing the water.
Decide Between Floating Or Piling Style Docks
Before you can build a dock, you will have to decide the type of dock you want to install. Floating and piling docks are two of the more popular options for residential docking systems. The choice that is best for your home will depend on several factors. For example, if the soil under the water is unstable, a piling dock may not be an option as this will require large supports to be inserted into the lake or river bed. In this case, a floating dock can be a far more affordable and efficient solution for providing the property with water access.
Have Soil Stability Tests Conducted On The Shore Before Installing The Dock
In addition to assessing the condition of the soil on the lake or river bed, you will also want to be mindful of the soil quality and stability of the shoreline. This is particularly important for docking systems that will need to have part of their base installed along the shore. Without these tests, you may find that the dock will be far more likely to develop stability problems over the course of time. In many cases, it will be possible to adjust the design of the dock to account for these stability issues, but it may be more affordable to move the location of the dock to another area of your property.
Ensure You Comply With Your Local Building Regulations
Any type of building project is likely to have a number of regulations and requirements that will have to be met. In particular, there will be regulations concerning the local permitting process and building codes that cover the quality of the dock work. If your home is governed by a homeowners' association, there may be additional rules that will have to apply to your dock. Due to the wide range of regulations and limitations that can exist on this type of dock, you should always work with a professional that has experience with completing dock construction projects. These professionals will be able to help ensure that your project will comply with these requirements so that you can avoid making potentially costly modifications to the dock in the future.
Contact a dock construction company for more information.