Top 5 Dock Types in South Florida

Docks / July 14, 2021

Docks are an important addition to any waterfront home, especially on the intercoastal in South Florida. Our experts at Seaside Marine Construction have compiled the best types to help guide homeowners who are considering a new dock or rebuilding and renovating an existing one.

Floating Docks

Floating docks are one of the most frequently used by homeowners. They are convenient because they are suitable for many types of aquatic environments. Just like the name suggests, these docks simply float on top of the body of water. They are secured to the landmass but they do not have any fixtures that sink to the bottom of the water or anchor it in any way.

Due to the nature of this type, it’s possible to use them in deeper waters. Other types of docks don’t work as well in deep waters because it isn’t practical to sink posts all the way to the bottom of the water source. 

A marine construction company can evaluate your location to make sure that the environment is right for this style. For instance, floating docks should not be used in stormy waters with choppy waves. This will end up destroying the dock prematurely. At Seaside Marine Construction, we can recommend the right type for you. 

Stationary Docks

Stationary docks are the complete opposite of the floating variety. This type securely attaches to the bottom of a body of water. These types of docks are built at a fixed height and can be upgraded in many different ways. Some people opt to attach roofs or coverings to these and they even sometimes build other niceties onto them. Seaside Marine Construction is passionate about creating solutions that are luxurious and unique. 

If you intend to make a stationary dock especially luxurious, you will want to be sure you hire the right construction company. If water levels fluctuate significantly, this can prevent your boat or jet ski from being able to use it appropriately or even cause premature and irreversible damage.

Combination Docks

A combination dock can be a unique compromise. Both floating and stationary types have their downsides when it comes to rough waters or fluctuating water levels. The answer to your dilemma may be to opt for a combination dock. 

Essentially, this is a stationary dock but a section of it floating. This allows you to be able to utilize both parts to their full potential with ease. 

Permanent Docks

Permanent docks are the perfect option for waterfront homeowners that don’t want to have to fuss with it once it is built. This type is constructed to withstand and be enjoyed for years to come. Oftentimes, steel pilings are used to secure everything to the ground at the bottom of the water. The frame is then constructed on top of the steel pilings. 

While permanent docks are great, they are not suitable for all conditions and bodies of water. These types have problems when used in environments that become very icy in the winter months. Lucky for us in South Florida, we don’t need to worry about winter or frozen bodies of water. 

Furthermore, permanent docks usually work best in bodies of water that have fairly stable water levels. Always work with trained professionals to be sure that you are making the right choice for your specific location.

Modular Plastic Docks

One of the cheapest solutions for your needs is to buy a modular, plastic dock. This type is made out of a very durable plastic material and is essentially a temporary floating dock. Surprisingly, it isn’t very heavy. It is also fairly sturdy despite its light weight. 

The weight capacity is typically low on these types so they aren’t suitable for heavier purposes. Keep in mind that this type of dock won’t be as aesthetically pleasing as one built out of wood, metal, or even PVC decking. 

Just like anything, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking to invest in something that will be durable, useful, and add value to your home, it is probably best to go with one of the other options. 

Which Would You Choose?

Now that you are familiar with the options, it’s time to decide which is the best option for your South Florida waterfront home. If you can dream it, we can build it. Seaside Marine Construction specializes exclusively in the design and building of customized docks and seawall construction. 

Designing these requires a specialized skill set and experience to be sure they can be enjoyed for years to come. Take comfort in knowing you’ve chosen wisely when you hire us.

Our team at Seaside Marine Construction has spent years honing our skills and building our reputation and trustworthiness throughout the Treasure Coast area. Our high-quality handiwork ensures that you get the aquatic haven you dream of.

We make enhancing your waterfront property or home simple. We handle it all: design, permits, and paperwork to the final nail in the last board. Contact us today!

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