Owning a house right on a lake is nice enough. However, having a little dock at the end of your garden makes the perfect finishing touch. If you’ve got a lake property that you feel is missing something, then you’ve probably considered getting a dock before. Like any big improvement project, there are some important factors which you need to bear in mind. Here are a few.
First of all, the shoreline you’re working with. Most docks can be modified and tweaked to work well with almost any shoreline. However, if you want a dock you’ll be able to rely on for decades, then I recommend finding a spot with a good stone wall. You can drill the stone, and attach a steel baseplate with relative ease. A dock fastened to one of these will certainly stand the test of time. If you’re lucky enough to have a sand beach on a nice, gentle slope, then the ramp can simply rest on the beach. Setting up a dock only really gets hard when your shoreline is made up of large rocks and uneven terrain. Here, you’ll either need a custom base plate, or a ramp which can be lain over the rubble.
Another important thing to consider is the shape of the dock you want to have built. Floating and pipe docks can be configured to have a variety of different shapes. This will be great for accommodating for large seating areas or boat slips. If you want to be able to remove your dock in the winter, then you’ll have to take the structure into account. Docks made of a few small, linking sections are the best if you want to be able to de-construct it with ease. Like many, you might want a lift dock like the ones exhibited here: www.SummersetMarine.com/piers-and-docks/ . These can have a classic, straight shape if that’s all you need. Or, you could have yours constructed in a T, L or U shape.
Finally, water depletion. This is something a lot of people neglect to consider when they’re having a dock constructed. As you can imagine, the consequences can often be horribly expensive! If your property is on a lake where the water level rises and falls a lot, then your options are going to be a little more limited. You’ll have to go with either a pipe dock equipped with a wheel kit, or a floating dock. Alternatively, you could set up a pipe dock with a ramp attached, and then a floating dock. If you’re going with this last set-up, just be careful. You need to make sure that the ramp is long enough to accommodate for a fall in the water level. Otherwise, it will end up at too steep of an angle for you to walk on safely! You can find a more detailed guide to water depletion at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ .
After you’ve covered these three points, the rest of your considerations will be purely financial. Pretty soon, you’ll have a gorgeous dock making the perfect finishing touch to your lake home. After that, all that’s missing is the boat!