Dock Accessories Checklist

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 10/1/2021
Boat docks are an essential part of lake life in the Midwest, and getting the right accessories can take your experience to a completely new level.

You can find accessories that make all things lake-related simpler, and accessories that will make your dock more fun when you’re not on the water.

Reasons to Keep Boating in Autumn

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 9/1/2021
As the calendar turns from August to September, many families are focused on getting back to the routine of early bedtime and back to school. However, fall is still a great time for boating on the weekends! Even after the kids go back to school and the weather starts to get cooler, you can take advantage of fall boating to escape for a day trip or weekend getaway.

Best Midwest Summer Boating Destinations

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 8/2/2021
Getting ready to hit the road for summer vacation? If you’re from the Midwest, there are so many great places right in your backyard for fishing, swimming, camping and boating! If you’ve got a boat you can tow, you can visit many lakes and rivers and create special memories for you and your family. If you’ve already done a tour of the Great Lakes or you’re looking for new places to explore, consider some of the rivers the Midwest has to offer and make it a road trip!

Unique Dock Designs

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 7/1/2021
Designing a boat dock but don’t know where to start?

Do you want something with more “wow” factor than a traditional boat dock?

Dock design is an important part of the dock building process. A large, rectangular shape is easy to build and functional, but does it really serve your needs, or could you have something more unique that will impress your friends and neighbors and combine your outdoor hobbies?

Read on for some options to consider when you begin designing your boat dock...

Protecting Your Dock Against Weather and Low Water Levels

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 6/1/2021
Are you looking for a boat dock that can withstand the elements?

Do you need a boat dock that can provide years of fun and function for your family?

One of the many benefits of aluminum docks is that they are very low maintenance. That doesn’t mean no maintenance, however! In Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, we get all kinds of weather. Even our sturdy aluminum docks have a lot of work to do to stand up to ice and snow, heat, and high winds. Protect your investment with regular inspection and maintenance.

Why Choose an Aluminum Boat Dock?

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 5/3/2021
Aluminum boat docks may be the best choice for those who want stress-free summers. Nothing kept in water will last forever, however, aluminum boat docks come the closest to it. Their unique attributes simply outlive other dock materials like wood, steel, and vinyl.

Protect Your Investment with our Dock Maintenance Tips

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 4/1/2021
Instead of dreading the idea of something going wrong with your dock, imagine taking fate into your hands with a few easy tips to avoid costly maintenance on your boat dock. Our 5 boat dock maintenance tips can help you keep your dock in great shape for years to come.

Guide to Choosing the Best Dock Accessories

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 3/1/2021

If you live on lakefront property or have a vacation home on the water, you know how important it is to have the right accessories to fully transform and enhance your outdoor space.

Best Ways to Enjoy Spring Boating in Michigan

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 2/1/2021
Are you ready to exchange the snow shovel and snow blower for a life vest and a boat?

Tired of the cold weather and ready to enjoy the sun when it finally comes out again?

Michiganders all over the state are looking forward to spring and summer not only for yearly boating excursions, but just for an excuse to get out of the house again. In 2020, we spent a lot of time at home, and the start of 2021 has been more of the same.

Read our tips for spring boating here!

Most Popular Boat Dock Accessories

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 1/1/2021
If you already have a boat dock or are starting the process of buying or building a new one, you’re probably also interested in dock accessories that will make your dock more functional and attractive.

You can find accessories that are made to make everything on the water easier, and accessories that will let you enjoy your dock even when the boat is tied up.

Guide to Storing Your Boat During Winter

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 12/1/2020
If you’re a boater, you know how important it is to properly store your boat during cold weather. You likely have an entire routine for getting your boat and boat dock out of the water, but if you’re a new boater, do you have a plan?

Buying a Boat in the Off Season

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 11/2/2020
Do you daydream about your dream boat? Have you been wanting to upgrade your boat and boat dock but have been putting it off? If you’re in the market for a new or used boat, the off season can be the perfect time to start shopping!

Boat Maintenance Tips for the Off-Season

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 10/1/2020
What’s the best time to take care of boat and dock maintenance? During cooler weather? Fall and winter in the Midwest are great times to take care of boat care tasks you might have put off while on the water in the warmer summer months. To prepare your boat for inactivity, read our tips to keep your dock and boat in great shape until spring.

3 Quick Assembly Dock Installation Tips

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 8/31/2020
Do you dread dock installation and removal every year? Is dock installation a chore that you’d rather pay someone else to do for you? Dock installation can be easy if done correctly, with the right type of lightweight dock sections. 

The Right Paint to Touch Up Your Boat

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 8/1/2020
This summer, as you’re enjoying some time out on the water thanks to your vessel, make sure to return the favor and take a few hours to give your boat what it needs. Choosing and using the right paint to touch up your boat can add years onto its life, as well as a beautiful finish. 

Dock Design and Construction Ideas

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 7/1/2020

Are you planning to build a new boat dock on your waterfront property?

Are you intimidated by the building process?

A boat dock design might seem really technical and complicated, but there aren’t too many differences between a boat dock and a backyard deck. If you’ve tackled that DIY project before, you’re probably already knowledgeable in the factors to build your own boat dock!

The Dock Accessory Every Good Kayaker Needs

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 6/5/2020
Whether you enjoy harrowing adventures down whitewater rapids or gliding across a placid lake, kayaking is a versatile way to experience the outdoors. These vessels have come a long way from their original construction of wood and animal skin. Now,

What is a Boat House and Do You Need One?

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 5/4/2020

Do you have a boat that you take care of like a second home? Are you particular about how your boat is docked, the way it looks, and how often you maintain it?


Like many of our customers, the answer is probably a resounding “yes”! Even if you get your boat serviced regularly, clean it often and make sure that everything is in working order, there’s one more level of protection you could consider: a boat house.

5 Bolt-On Dock Accessories You Need

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 3/30/2020

Are you looking for a way to upgrade your dock? If you’re looking for a unique accessory with long-term benefits, there are many options you can choose to make your lakeside experience better. High-quality durable accessories that are compatible with your dock will let you and your guests of all ages use your dock in all kinds of weather.

Alumi-Span Docks - COVID-19 Precautions

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 3/18/2020

Covid-19 is having a significant impact on many businesses right now.  Alumi-Span is a small family owned business in the marine industry. As such, our priority is the safety of our employees, as well as our customers.  Due to the nature of how we deliver and distribute our product, face to face customer contact is generally minimal.  That being said, we do have walk ins and we are taking every precaution.

This situation is evolving at an unprecedented rate.  As the CDC, as well as local and state governments are putting more restrictions in place, Alumi-Span is doing our best comply with all mandates, without affecting the normal flow of business.  While there is potential for Covid-19 to cause supply chain issues, staffing problems, and even disrupt essential business travel, that is not the case for us yet.  Alumi-Span is still firing on all cylinders and is ready to work hard to earn and keep your business.

What Makes Anodized Aluminum Dock Sections Different?

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 3/3/2020
Anodized aluminum dock sections are one of the best options for a dock system. The combination of light weight, high strength, cool to walk on, and easy stack-ability make this dock design.

How to Build a Boat Dock on a Lake

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 2/3/2020

Do you have a lakefront home, cabin, or camping property? Is your property incomplete without a boat dock? A well-built dock provides a place to tie boats and jet skis, and a flat space for sunbathing and swimming. You want a boat dock that is visually appealing to look at and is safe for your friends and family. Do you want to learn how to build a boat dock on your property? First, you need to know about two types of docks available: stationary and floating.

Hiring a Dock Designer? Ask These Questions First

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 1/3/2020
Asking questions and making sure you have all the information at the start will set you up for an extremely successful relationship with your dock designer. You’re much less likely to face setbacks or disappointments if you set up a good foundation of understanding from the beginning. If you’re looking for expertise in dock designs, give us a call today. We’re ready to help you design the dock of your dreams! Check out our dock design tool!

Avoid Damage to Your Aluminum Boat Dock during Winter

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 12/12/2019

Do you own property with a boat dock in Michigan, Indiana, or Wisconsin?

 Piling driven commercial docks are built to withstand ice flows, but most residential aluminum boat docks need to be removed.

If your dock is left in the water in the winter, there is a good change that costly parts will get destroyed! To save yourself the headache of costly repairs and maintenance, consider these tips.

Dock Accessories for Your Kayak or Canoe

Posted by Alumi-Span Docks on 11/1/2019
Is your dock on a lake or river where the water level fluctuates often?

Do you use your dock for launching a kayak, canoe, or other small craft? If you have concerns about safely launching your small craft from your dock, we can help! There are a variety of boat dock parts that can help protect your family and friends.
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