Is price a top concern with the design of your boat dock?
Want to know the truth about boat dock materials and price?
Constructing a new boat dock at your waterfront property is a significant investment, so you should make sure you’re spending your money wisely. That means making an economical choice when it comes to boat dock materials. But we’re not suggesting you just go with the lowest price tag! Smart shoppers know you have to consider the cost over the lifetime of you dock to know the true price of your materials.
So let’s break things down and compare two options in boat dock materials: wood and aluminum.
Initially, wood will offer a lower price point for new dock installation compared to aluminum boat docks. With wood, you can also opt to save even more money by going with steel pipe piling rather than wood.
Here’s where aluminum docks start to make a comeback! Wood docks require maintenance and chemical treatment to continue to last and look great; that costs money. Aluminum docks are far more durable and require very little maintenance; that saves money! And for a bonus, the coating that protects aluminum docks is naturally occurring, so it doesn’t need to be re-applied and is completely safe for your waterway’s ecosystem.
Aside from regular yearly maintenance, owners of wood docks will likely incur other costs related to replacing sections and pieces that corrode, wear, rot, break, etc. And after a period of around 10-15 years, you’re looking at total replacement. Aluminum dock owners don’t have the same issues because of the durability of the material and the longer lifespan. In this category, aluminum docks are a clear winner once again.
Which is right for you: wood or aluminum docks?
Now that you understand the effect material has on the cost of your dock today and tomorrow, you can decide what’s best for you. Weigh other factors like design, size, and how you use the dock. No matter what material you go for, Alumi-Span has the experience, products, and services to help you get the job done. Call today to talk about options for aluminum boat docks at your waterfront property.