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 project costs money and these are the following overhead that must be considered: cost of materials, cost of transporting those materials and the cost to assemble dock out of those materials.
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.
Review the different materiasl that you can use and see where you can get the most savings. For example, in terms of framing why not look into galvanized steel? This material is often compatible with most of the other needed materials and they are included in kits. Galvanized fromes come in different sizes. Usually the sizes range from 2 x 8 to 8×10. Typically, the weight of these frame steels are considered when calculating shipping and remember that the bigger the frame the heavier it can be. So a big galvanized steel frames can be as heavy as 300lbs. It is important to take note that frames made of galvanized steel may not be a good choice depending on your location. 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.
Moving on consider treated lumber. You can get this kind of framing locally. A floating dock kit with treated lumber usually comes with steel brackets as well as fasteners and if you must ship it, the costs would not be as expensive as the first material. Then again shipping can be higher for bigger framing materials regardless of whether it is galvanized steel or treated lumber. However with treated lumber, it is easier to find one locally. And that means saving money on shipping.
Another material used for framing is aluminum. Unlike steel or wood frames aluminum is very light. 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. There are manufacturers that make these frames in small packages that are easier to assemble and that is another consideration.
The lesson behind this is that research is important when you want to so save money on materials. When choosing a material the weather and the location must be considered. Next check if you can source all the needed materials from a local supplier. If you are serious about saving money shipping fees are areas that you can easily make adjustments on. For a brand new floating dock, come to Decks & Docks Lumber Company.