Saturday, June 15, 2024

Party Platforms and Fishing Features

Dock Designs
What’s your favorite thing to do on the lake?

Your dock doesn’t have to just be for boating. If you love to host company or enjoy the solitude of fishing, your dock can be a perfect place for those activities!

Party Platforms

If you love entertaining family and friends on the water, a party platform is a must-have addition to your dock. Whether it's hosting summer barbecues, sunset cocktails, or lakeside gatherings, a spacious and sturdy platform offers the ideal setting for socializing. Spice up the space by including accessories like seating, grilling stations, and games. 

Fishing Features

For anglers seeking solitude and serenity, you’ll want to design a dock you can easily fish from. Incorporating a turned section at the end of the dock or along the shoreline provides plenty of space for casting lines and reeling in the day's catch. You can also consider installing fishing rod holders, cleaning stations, and storage compartments for tackle and equipment. 

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Whether you're a boating enthusiast, a social butterfly, or an avid angler, customizing your dock ensures it meets your needs and boosts your enjoyment of the lake. If you’re looking for more dock design ideas, or you’re ready to start building, call 855-523-2444 or submit a contact form here. We can’t wait to help you build the perfect dock!

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Assessing Your Dock Needs

Dock Designs
Is your boat dock equipped for your favorite activities?

Before designing the perfect boat dock, you’ll want to clearly outline your needs. Consider the watercrafts you own, whether they’re boats, jet skis, or other recreational vehicles. Think about how you want to use the space—perhaps you want your dock to be a hub for social gatherings, or a peaceful fishing retreat. Understanding your needs will guide you during the design process.

For example, if you have more than one boat or watercraft, incorporating boat slips or docks along the side of your main structure can make your dock more functional and less crowded. Boat slips provide designated spaces for each vessel. By using the space efficiently, you can accommodate multiple boats and jet skis without overcrowding the dock. 

Looking for More Dock Design Ideas?


Whether you're a boating enthusiast, a social butterfly, or an avid angler, customizing your dock ensures it meets your needs and boosts your enjoyment of the lake. If you’re looking for more dock design ideas, or you’re ready to start building, call 855-523-2444 or submit a contact form here. We can’t wait to help you build the perfect dock!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Dog-Friendly Building Materials

Dock Accessories
Is your boat dock safe for your dog?

If you have four-legged family members who love the water, ensuring your dock is canine-friendly is essential for their safety and enjoyment.

Paw-Friendly Decking: Just like kids, dogs love to run down the dock and take a leap into the water. Our docks utilize premium materials to keep everyone safe, especially your furry friends.

Wood Decking: We hand-select premium lumber during the construction process to ensure the boards are smooth and free of splinters and holes, providing a comfortable surface for your dog's paws.

Vinyl/Aluminum Decking: Vinyl and aluminum decking feature built-in tread patterns that offer traction even when wet, without being harsh on your dog's paws. Say goodbye to slippery surfaces!

Faux Wood Decking: Powder-coated faux wood decking provides a maintenance-free option with added traction to ensure safety for dogs of all ages.

Quality Cast Parts: Our docks feature cast aluminum parts that are engineered for strength and durability. Say goodbye to bending, breaking, or slipping over time, even with the most enthusiastic dogs on board.

Quality Decking: We prioritize strength and durability with structural-grade aluminum, extruded vinyl, and premium lumber decking materials. No need to worry about cracks, bends, or warping, even with the weight of excited dogs running and jumping.

Quality Build: Our docks are built to last, with center beams and side stringers made from thick-walled aluminum. Each section is weight-tested to ensure quality and safety for all family members, furry or otherwise.


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Ready to transform your dock into a summer hangout for you and your dog? Explore our range of dog-friendly dock accessories here! Whether you're designing a new dock or upgrading an existing one, we're here to help you and your furry family members enjoy the lake to the fullest this summer!

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Dog-Friendly Dock Accessories

Dock Accessories
Do your dogs love spending time on the water?

If so, you’ll want to make sure that your dock is equipped with dog-safe accessories. Here are a few recommendations:

Dock End Bumpers: Prevent accidents by capping open ends with boat dock end bumpers. These not only dog-proof the dock but also add a personalized touch with various color options.

Stairs: Ensure your dog can get in and out of the water safely by installing stairs. Made in the USA for strength and durability, these are a must-have for any dog-friendly dock.

Safety Corners: Eliminate safety hazards with corner sections that provide a smooth transition from the dock to platforms, preventing injuries from jumping over open spaces.


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Ready to transform your dock into a summer hangout for you and your dog? Explore our range of dog-friendly dock accessories here! Whether you're designing a new dock or upgrading an existing one, we're here to help you and your furry family members enjoy the lake to the fullest this summer!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Safety Accessories for Your Boat Dock

Boat Dock Bumpers
Looking for ways to make your dock safer for kids and grandkids?

Dock accessories can help make final safety precautions before the kids hit the lake this summer. All of the following accessories are available in our shop!

Dock End Bumpers: Are the open ends of your dock exposed, leaving the corners of the metal stringers in the open?  Kids can easily get caught on these, turning a fun day at the lake into a traumatic experience.  Cap those open edges with a boat dock end bumper.  These not only child-proof the ends, but also come in different colors, making it a great way to personalize your dock! 

Stairs & Ladders: Do you want a way for the little ones to get in and out of the water safely? Alumi-Span offers several options for stairs or ladders that can work in almost any situation.  These quality products made in the USA won’t leave your loved ones hanging.  Their strength and durability make them a must-have for any dock with kids. 

Corner Sections: Having a platform or seating area at the end of your dock is a wonderful way to have space to sit and enjoy the long days of summer.  However, kids love taking the short cut and leaping over the open corner onto the platform.  Eliminate that safety hazard with a corner section!  The corner section makes a smooth transition from the outgoing dock to a platform without that tempting open space kids love to jump over.

Paddle Board Racks: Do your kids leave their paddle boards lying on the dock or scattered on the shore? Paddle boards left lying around are an unsightly tripping hazard.  Solve this problem with an all-aluminum paddle board rack.  These slide over your dock poles and accommodate two paddle boards. 

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Ready to safety-proof your dock for family fun?

Try out our dock design tool, give us a call, or submit a contact form to start your dock project. We can’t wait to help your family enjoy the lake this summer!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Choose Strong & Stable Dock Parts

Boat Dock Bumpers
Is your dock safe for your young family members?

Summer loves the sound of bare feet running down a dock followed by a splash into the water.  While jumping into the lake from the dock is a summer staple, not all docks can hold up to the toll kids take on them.  Alumi-Span has several features that make it able to hold up to the wildest of youngsters.

Quality Cast Parts: We use all quality cast aluminum parts that are engineered in-house.  Quality cast parts are much stronger than thin metal stampings or composite plastic parts.  Quality cast parts aren’t going to bend, break, or slip over time, which is essential for a group of kids having summer fun!

Quality Decking: While some docks try to cut costs by using subpar decking, Alumi-Span chooses only strong decking material for our docks. Cheap plastics will crack and break as children run and leap into the water.  Our structural-grade aluminum, extruded vinyl, and premium lumber can all stand the weight of kids running and jumping from them without cracking, bending, or warping over time.

Quality Build: No manufacturer should cut corners when building their docks.  We use center beams are along the back of the sections that are supported by a rest on the crossarm.  Side stringers use a thicker walled aluminum, and sections have been weight tested to ensure quality and safety.  

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Ready to safety-proof your dock for family fun?

Boat dock safety comes in the form of quality parts and accessories (such as these boat dock bumpers). Give us a call, or submit a contact form to start your dock project. We can’t wait to help your family enjoy the lake this summer!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Avoiding Dock-on-Dock Collision

Dock Installation Michigan, Michigan Dock Installation
Is your dock running into your neighbor’s dock?

It’s always best to get along with your neighbors, but many lake sites are not in line with the neighboring properties, which can cause issues with docks running into each other.  

To keep everyone on their property, Alumi-Span can put an angle across the first section of your dock. In many cases, this can bring everything back in line with the dock next to yours. This can help save you from neighborly disputes, and in the worst cases, legal action. 

Cutting an angle on an aluminum dock is a little more involved than just ripping through it with a saw. Alumi-Span takes care to make sure all decking material still has adequate support after making the cut. We also make sure to cap off any sharp edges made by cutting the angle on the dock section to avoid injury. We’ve seen plenty of bad angle cut jobs, and many lack support, which can be dangerous to walk on.  

Avoid Dock Installation Conflict in Michigan

Ready to make your dock work for you, rather than the other way around?

Angle cuts on a dock are a great way to place your dock exactly where you want it! Get in touch with a dock installation expert in Michigan by filling out a contact form or calling (855) 523-2444. Your dock neighbors will thank you!

Party Platforms and Fishing Features

What’s your favorite thing to do on the lake? Your dock doesn’t have to just be for boating. If you love to host company or enjoy the solitu...