People would usually brush off the idea of getting a new floating dock or adding another floating dock. The reason for that is very simple and that reason is budget constraint. This is a big project that includes costs to manufacture the parts, transport the parts to your desired location and the cost of assembling the parts.
Having said that, there are those who choose to build the floating dock themselves. If doing it yourself is not possible, there are other ways to save money when you want to have a new floating dock.
Review the different materiasl that you can use and see where you can get the most savings. As framing material, consider using galvanized steel. These kinds are often included in kits. There are different sizes available for these frames. Frames can be as small as 2×8 or as large as 8×10. Take note that larger frames weigh heavier and it affects shipping costs. Larger frames made of galvanized steel frames weigh as high as 300 pounds. On the other hand, take note of whether or not this type of materials is right for your location. That is because of the fact that galvanized steel is likely to rust and corrode fast under extreme weather conditions.
Another options is to use treated lumber. This type of dock framing is available locally. Treated lumber frame kits typically come with fastener and brackets that are made of galvanized steel and the good news is that they do not cost that much in terms of shipping. Then again the larger the dock the heavier is can be and there goes your shipping expensed. The good thing is that you can easily find this material in your locality. Through this you get to save by not spending much on shipping.
Another material used for framing is aluminum. As most people know, aluminum is lighter than wood or steel. On the other hand this materials is not inexpensive when it comes to shipping. The fact that aluminum frames are typically welded units, they take up big spaces which bloats up your shipping fees. Consider the fact that packaging is dependent on the manufacturer which is something you also need to look into.
The lesson here is that when you are embarking on a project of building a new floating dock whether you do it yourself or have someone else build that for you you need to do your research with the materials. choose the best materials that suits the weather and the location. Next check if you can source all the needed materials from a local supplier. Shipping fees can be avoided if your concern is saving money on a new floating dock. For a brand new floating dock, come to Decks & Docks Lumber Company.