Owning waterfront property can be an excellent investment, but if you are wanting to use a boat, you may need to have a dock installed. Unfortunately, there are many new homeowners that lack a basic understanding when it comes to docks, and this can make it difficult for them to be prepared for what to expect when owning these devices. Once you have these three common dock questions answered, you will find yourself in a better position to make wise choices when it comes to your property.

Why Should You Opt For An Aluminum Dock Over A Wooden One?

There are many homeowners that might enjoy the appearance of wood over that of metal, but wood docks can be far more maintenance intensive than metal ones. This will stem from the need to regularly seal and wash the dock. Also, you will need regular inspections of it to ensure that there are no plants or support beams that are becoming rotted. If rot is detected, you will have to replace the compromised components as the issue will only worsen. In contrast, a metal dock will only need to be washed to help prevent algae from growing and making it slick.

Will A Permit Be Required To Install The Dock?

Prior to installing a dock, it is likely that you will need to obtain a building permit. This permit can be obtained from the local building department, and you will need to present a few documents prior to receiving the permit. Namely, you will need to provide proof of ownership of your property as well as the design of the dock. Additionally, you will need to check with your homeowner's' association to verify that this type of project is allowed.

How Do Docks Impact Shoreline Erosion?

Protecting the shoreline from erosion is a major concern for anyone that owns waterfront property. Powerful storms, tides and currents can gradually wash away your shoreline, which can pose a threat to your property. Fortunately, you should be relieved to learn that a dock should not have a noticeable impact on the erosion of your shoreline. In fact, it is possible to include a seawall with the dock that will help to further protect the shore against this risk. While adding a seawall to your dock may increase the cost of this project, this can be a small price to pay to greatly reduce the risks associated with shoreline erosion.

For more questions about dock installation, contact Kinsel Docks LLC