Your boat dock is more than just a place to tie up your boat. It is a place where you need to be able to walk safely, board and disembark from your boat, and maintain safety for you and your family. If you have an older property with the original boat dock, chances are you need to consider a new dock installation. Here are the top three signs that you need a new dock.
Your Dock is More than 15 Years Old
Most boat docks are only designed to last about ten to twenty years. If your boat dock is more than 15 years old, it may be time to consider a new dock installation. An inspection of your dock should be made to determine if it’s time for a new dock. You might still have a few years to save for the expense, or it might need to be replaced right away.
The Pilings Are No Longer Straight
Even if the pilings on the dock were even when it was built, they may become uneven with time. The pilings and their foundation are constantly battered by water, waves, and storms. Over time, this causes wear on the foundation and can knock pilings loose. If your dock is uneven or the pilings are not straight, it is a sign that your dock is not stable. This can quickly become a safety hazard.
Boards are Uneven
If your dock was built using nails, it is possible that the boards can become uneven over time. As the nails rust and waves batter the dock, it causes them to become loose. The boards can then become warped. This creates a tripping hazard and is a sign that your dock is not structurally sound.
If you have an older dock and need a new dock installation, contact us today for more information. We can inspect your dock and determine if it is safe and sound, or if you need a new one. Our docks are built to last with straight pilings and stainless steel screws.