Friday, February 15, 2019

Michigan Summer Boating Destinations

Looking forward to another classic Michigan summer?

Looking for some new places to go when you can start getting your boat out into the water and spending some quality time with your friends and family?

Check out our website for some places to get out on the water when the weather heats up!

Get Your Boat and Aluminum Boat Dock Ready for Spring with Alumi-Span Docks! 

 Do you have maintenance to do on your aluminum boat dock before the spring season comes? Give Alumi-Span a call! We’re your one-stop shop for all the dock sections and boat dock parts you need for your aluminum boat dock. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Hate the Cold? These Boating Destinations Will Make Summer Feel Closer!

Are you tired of the cold, winter weather here in Michigan?

Are you looking forward to spring and summer, when you can start getting your boat out into the water and spending some quality time with your friends and family?

 Did you know that in the Mitten, you are never more than six miles from the nearest body of water? The state is home to the Great Lakes and boasts the nation's longest freshwater shoreline at 3,300 miles.



Check out our website for some great places for you to explore when the weather heats up.

Get Your Boat and Aluminum Boat Dock Ready for Spring with Alumi-Span Docks! 


Do you have maintenance to do on your aluminum boat dock before the spring season comes? Give Alumi-Span a call! We’re your one-stop shop for all the dock sections and boat dock parts you need for your aluminum boat dock. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Friday, January 18, 2019

What Makes a Wooden Dock Stand Out?

What makes a treated pine wooden dock stand out among other options?

  • Quality treated pine dock sections use premium lumber that is kiln dried after treatment, making it ideal to apply stains to as soon as you receive the sections 
  • Treated pine wooden dock sections use stainless steel fasteners, wood screws instead of nails, and anodized aluminum side rails 

 To see the full list of benefits, visit our website!

If you want to learn more about your options for wooden dock sections, talk to our experts!

We’ve been in the business for over 60 years and have the knowledge and expertise to help you build your dream dock. Contact us today to get started!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Save Money with a Treated Pine Wooden Dock

Are you considering building a boat dock for your lakefront or riverfront property?

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the dock section options available? Consider a wooden dock made from treated pine!


 This type of dock is an economical alternative to some of the more maintenance-free decking options. What makes a treated pine wooden dock stand out among other options?

Click here to learn more.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Do You Need to Remove Your Dock for the Winter?

Ice flows can not only destroy a dock, but they can also move boulders, boat lifts, and basically anything else in their path.

It is very common in northern Michigan or similar climates to have ice pile up several feet high on the shore, and that is what generally causes damage to anything too close to the edge of the lake. In a northern climate, there are only a few situations where you can leave your aluminum boat dock in the water, including:

  • Ponds and backwaters where ice flows are not an issue 
  •  If you have used galvanized steel tubing, where it is much less prone to rupturing if the ice freezes around the pole 
 If you have doubts as to whether you can leave a dock in or not, ask our team of experts! We’ve been building and installing aluminum boat docks for over 60 years and have the expertise and knowledge to help you. If you do have a dock that was damaged in the winter months, we can help with that too!

Contact us today to learn more.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Should You Leave Your Aluminum Boat Dock in the Water for Winter?

Do you live in the northern part of the US, or the Midwest?

Do you have a residential boat dock at your home or vacation property?

 For most inland lake docks in states like Michigan, Indiana, or Wisconsin or any other northern state you will need to remove the dock in the winter. Piling driven commercial docks are built to withstand ice flows so they are the exception to the rule, however, most residential docks need to be removed.

There are many things that can happen if a dock is left in the water for the winter, but the bottom line in most cases is that parts will be destroyed!



If you’re not sure about leaving your aluminum boat dock in the water during the winter months, ask our team of experts! We’ve been building and installing aluminum boat docks for over 60 years and have the expertise and knowledge to help you. If you do have a dock that was damaged in the winter months, we can help with that too!

Contact us today to learn more.

Friday, November 23, 2018

How To Deal with Wood Rot and Your Boat Dock

Have you noticed signs of rot on your wood boat dock?

Not sure how to deal with the boards on your dock that feel a little soft underfoot? Looking for advice on repairing a boat dock afflicted with rot?

If you have a wood boat dock, you’ll experience rot eventually, no matter how well-maintained it is. And although it sounds ominous, you can actually stay on top of wood rot afflicting your dock and extend its life considerably.

Take a little advice from professionals in dock design and learn how to deal with rot and your boat dock!

  •  Take on maintenance: the first step to dealing with rot is preventing it. Your wood boat dock needs to be cleaned and refinished regularly to stay in good shape. 
  • Be vigilant: take a good hard look at your dock several times throughout the season so you can spot rot early on. 
  • Don’t stress: rot is going to happen and a few green spots don’t mean you have to roll up your sleeves and pull out your tools immediately. When you spot early on, just keep an eye on it at first. 
  • Repair: when the rot gets serious enough, you want to replace the afflicted boards and beams. Be very thorough when you replace because neighboring wood pieces can harbor rot and allow it to spread to replaced wood faster. 
  • Replace: if you are having a serious rot issue, it’s time to consider replacement. To avoid run-ins with rot altogether, replace your wood dock with aluminum. An aluminum dock is much easier to maintain and lasts longer. 

 At Alumi-Span, we’re ready to talk about your options for you dock whether you need help with dock repair or want to know more about dock designs and replacement. With more than 60 years of experience, we are professionals you can depend on to bring your boat dock back to life. Give us a call today.

Michigan Summer Boating Destinations

Looking forward to another classic Michigan summer? Looking for some new places to go when you can start getting your boat out into the wa...