For many waterside homeowners, having a dock is a large part of the charm and relaxation the boating and fishing lifestyle provides. If you are researching adding a dock to your waterside home, you will doubtless already know that installing a dock is a major undertaking. In most cases, it’s best to hire a professional dock builder. If you’re looking for a Lake Leon dock builder, we’d like to make a case for hiring truly experienced professionals to craft a beautiful, long-lasting dock to enhance your beautiful home.
We’re the first to admit that it is certainly possible to build your own dock, and like most projects, you may save money if you choose perform the labor. However, you will need to be prepared to work on the water with a number of tools (which you will need to purchase or rent), which is risky for the inexperienced dock builder. Also, a dock must be sturdy, built correctly, and completed to the highest standards to ensure the safety of all who use the dock.
If you decide to complete your dock as a DIY project, your expenses will include renting or purchasing tools, purchasing materials, and investing your free time in your project. However, we must emphasize that crafting a dock that is safe and meets the building codes in Lake Leon requires experience, skill, and knowledge.
For these reasons, most homeowners hire a professional, experienced dock builder or contractor to build their dock. This ensures that their dock will be built correctly for their location and intended use.
Hiring a contractor to build a dock, including both labor and materials, ranges from $2,000 to $5,000. Small projects can be created for $1,400; more elaborate work costs up to $7,000. If you want to install a large, high-quality dock that will be a permanent fixture, your cost will be around $50,000.
Boat Dock Cost Factors To Consider
As we mentioned, the cost of building a dock will depend on a range of factors, not limited to, but including:
The Type of Dock
Docks can be constructed as floating, piling, pipe, or crib docks. Each of these dock types must be build using different construction methods using varying materials, so the cost of each is very different. Make sure the contractor you choose can describe the type of construction method he or she will use, as well as why that method is the one they chose for your property.
Decks can be crafted out of materials that will change the cost and durability of your dock significantly. You will need to balance the characteristics you desire out of the building material against costs; your contractor should be able to ask you questions that will help you decide which material is right for your dock.
Configuration and Scale
Docks that are created with a more complex configuration will cost more than simple straight configurations. Additionally, larger docks require more materials and work hours, so they are necessarily more expensive. As a rule, the more vessels you want to dock, or the more dock you want, the more you will need to invest in your dock.
If you would like to have lighting or other electrical features, you will need to factor in as much as $1,000 to run the required cables.
Adding a structure as simple as a single boat house will add approximately $10,000. If you are interested in a modern, sophisticated boat house featuring internal lifts and storage, you will likely pay as much as $50,000. If you have multiple boats and require additional lifts, each lift will cost between $5,000 and $7,000.
Your dock may require a permit. You must ask your zoning office before you can begin any sort of construction.
Docks are made with either wooden or plastic decking. If you choose wooden decking, you will need to treat it regularly, or have it treated regularly, to prevent it rotting rapidly. The exception to this is a deck that doesn’t touch the water. Otherwise, degradation will begin soon after the deck is created, and in the process, hazardous chemicals could leach into the water surrounding your home.
Decking prices vary considerably. We can cover decking costs in-depth with you once we have an idea of the location, scale, and configuration you want for your dock.
Creating the perfect dock for your home could potentially double your home’s value, so it’s essential that you take the time to choose the features that will maximize your home’s waterfront beauty. Consider calling us today to schedule a consultation; we have the experience and skill to craft a dock that’s sure to enhance your home for years to come.