Installing a new boat dock this year?
Wondering about the cost of aluminum boat docks?
Need to update your boat dock but hoping to save some money?
With waterfront property, boat docks are typically a necessary expense. Property owners should think of their dock as an investment, considering it can increase the property value. But that doesn’t mean you need to go overboard with spending when you’re installing a boat dock!
What you really want in a boat dock is a good value, so it pays to think about the 3 biggest factors in boat dock price. Looking at these factors can help you decide what you need in a new aluminum dock and lead to money spent wisely.
Materials: what’s your boat dock made of?
Just like any construction project you undertake at home, the materials you choose to build your new boat dock have a direct impact on the overall price. Docks using wood for the decking tend to be a less expensive option. You can potentially save even more on upfront costs with steel pipes for piling instead of wood. But saving money in initial costs has its price down the road.
Wood docks may be less expensive, but cost more in maintenance compared to aluminum docks. Aluminum docks are also likely to last significantly longer because the material is more durable under typical conditions; this saves you money long-term!
Design: will your boat dock float or fix?
Options for your boat dock design are essentially endless, but you have a few big choices when it comes to function and price point. Dock owners with purely recreational intentions and without large watercrafts might opt for floating docks to save money while meeting all their needs. Whereas if you have a larger boat and would prefer sturdy boat slips and an electrical boat lift, you’ll want a fixed dock with the option of electricity and more stable construction.
Some boating enthusiasts or commercial property owners may find heavy duty docks or covered slips appealing and will need to consider those costs in their design. And people who want to enjoy as much time as possible on their dock may consider adding levels to their aluminum dock to make it convenient for gatherings.