Without a doubt, there will be a moment in your life when you start thinking about getting a new floating dock or adding one more to your existing one. 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.
Because of the things stated above, many people have decided to build a floating dock the DIY way. If you are not much of a builder you can still save money through making smart choices in materials and finding ost effect shipping methods.
If you want to save money, start with you choice of materials. As framing material, consider using galvanized steel. This material is often compatible with most of the other needed materials and they are included in kits. Moreover these frames come in various sizes. Usually the sizes range from 2 x 8 to 8×10. The bigger the frames the heavier hey weigh and take note that shipping is often calculated based on this one. So a big galvanized steel frames can be as heavy as 300lbs. Keep in mind that this type of material may not be suitable in other locations. That is due to the fact that galvanized steel is prone to rust and corrosion which speeds up as temperature changes several times a years.
So moving on you next option is treated lumber. This type of dock framing is available locally. Kits comprised of treated lumber often comes with galvanized steel fastener and brackets but the good thing about this materials is that shipping may not cost as much as galvanized steel frames or other materials. 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. Take note however that this light materials does not automatically mean that it takes cheaper shipping costs. Even if it weighs lighter it takes up a lot of space because aluminum frames come as welded units. Also take note that packaging depends on the manufacturer so do your research.
The lesson behind this is that research is important when you want to so save money on 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. Through that you avoid shipping fees. For a brand new floating dock, come to Decks & Docks Lumber Company.