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How to Choose the Right Dock in Tampa

Docks are a staple for any house or cabin that is lucky enough to sit on a shoreline. They can serve as an escape from a busy life or the main summer barbeque spot. This is why it is important to choose the right style of dock and have it built by the best in the business. Here are some things to know when choosing the dock for you.

Types of Docks

There are many types of docks that serve a variety of purposes. The main types of docks available are permanent docks, pipe docks, floating docks, and lift up docks:

  • A permanent dock is best used for someone who does not want to have to put a lot of maintenance into it. These types of docks are very stable and constructed using steel pilings. However, they are not suited for areas that can produce a lot of ice.
  • The pipe dock is good for people who don’t mind having to store it during seasons that get cold enough for ice. These types of docks have legs, which gives them the ability to stay sturdy if the ground is firm enough. The benefit to these types of docks is they can generally be built into any shape you desire.
  • The lift up dock is great to have, even if you get a lot of snow. What’s great about these types of docks is they are easily removable. You won’t have to worry about the colder seasons causing damage, because you will have the option to safely store it.
  • Floating docks are best suited for lakes with a mud bottom. They can withstand fluctuating water levels and be left out during the winter if they are secured to a protected area.


The shorelines also play a key role in the type of dock you are purchasing. All shorelines are different and have very different climates. Some places are susceptible to very rough waters, and some get snow every winter. These factors are very important to note when looking for a dock.

If you have any questions regarding the selection of a dock, call Gulfside Docks and we would be happy to help!