Dock Types To Consider For Your Lake Property

Posted on: 23 April 2019

If you have a cabin or home on a lake, then you may want a dock to enjoy the water as much as possible. Because docks are specialty constructions, you should speak with a dock construction company about building the dock for you. Before speaking with such a business, you will need to decide on the type of dock that you desire. Keep reading to learn about a few of your options.

Floating Dock

Floating docks are by far the simplest to build, and they are often the cheapest as well. They are versatile and able to move and shift with variable water levels, making them an ideal choice if droughts, floods, and ice are a concern of yours. And, when it comes to the winter weather, you can actually remove the dock from the water to minimize ice damage. 

Floating docks are anchored to the shoreline and not the lake bottom like other types of constructions. The dock can be formed from traditional wood or from a more modern, high-density polyethylene. And, the formation is constructed over the top of dock floats, which are wide polyethylene cubes or cylinders that are secured around the underside perimeter of the dock.

Floating docks can be moved if you do not like the location, but you should understand that they do not have the stability of other docks. So, you will feel it moving or rocking as you walk on it. This may not be ideal if you have children who can fall off the dock or if you intend to spend a great deal of time sitting and relaxing on the structure. 

Crib Dock

If you are looking for something that is much more stable, then you should consider a crib dock. These docks are constructed with permanent anchors that are constructed on the lake bottom. These anchors are formed every 10 or so feet and come up five feet or more out of the water. The anchors are made from treated lumber and flat crates or cribs sit in between each anchor on the lake bottom. The crates are filled with rocks to keep them secured and the dock is constructed above the waterline. 

Crib docks are extremely solid, secure, and permanent. They can be created quite large and may even be multi-level. They do not sway or move and are a great option if you want a single construction that will last for decades. 

Keep in mind that crib docks are expensive, so take your time when coming up with the design that you like best.