When you are hiring someone to do marina construction, you have to decide between floating and fixed docks. There are numerous advantages to floating docks. Namely, they are versatile, move with the water, and come in easy-to-extend modular designs. However, in spite of these advantages, there are still situations where you may want to choose stationary docks.
In particular, you may want to opt for a fixed dock in the following situations.
1. You Prefer the Look
If you prefer the look of a fixed dock, you may want to choose it just based on aesthetics. Some people like the look of traditional legs under their docks. You can have your marina construction crew build a wood or a metal fixed dock.
2. The Water Is Relatively Shallow
Even if you prefer the look of a fixed dock, you still need to make sure your site is right for the fixed dock. In particular, the water needs to be relatively shallow. There are limitations on how high the legs can be for a fixed dock. On top of that, the deeper the water is, the more expensive the dock tends to be to construct.
3. Your Site Has Relatively Small Tidal Fluctuations
One of the benefits of a floating dock is that it goes up and down as the water rises and lowers with the tide. In contrast, fixed docks work better in situations where you don't have a lot of fluctuations. When working with a marina construction company, you should take the tidal schedules into account as you develop your site.
4. You Are Building a Marina in a Warm Climate
If you are building a marina in a cold climate, you may want to put the docks away during the winter. That protects them from ice, and it is much easier to do that if you have floating docks. Because of that, fixed docks tend to be better suited to warm climates.
5. The Bottom Surface Is Not Too Rocky
Finally, you also have to take into account the bottom surface under where you want to put in the dock. If the ground is exceptionally rocky, the marina construction crew will have to do a lot of drilling and augering to get the dock in place. That can be expensive and disruptive.
To learn more, contact professional marina builders. They can help you narrow in on the best solutions for your objectives.