There will come a time when you want a new floating dock or you get another one. However, you will likely hold off for one obvious reason and that reason is money. 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. Not all people are that crafty but the good news is that there are way sot save money on parts and shipping.
If you want to save money, start with you choice of materials. As framing material, consider using galvanized steel. These materials are easy to comeby and usually they come as part of kits. There are different sizes available for these frames. You can choose somewhere between 2 x 8 and 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. On the other hand, take note of whether or not this type of materials is right for your location. That is because can easily rust and corrode with changes in weather.
Another options is to use treated lumber. This type of framing is easier to source 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 shipping can be higher for bigger framing materials regardless of whether it is galvanized steel or treated lumber. 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.
Aluminum is another option. Aluminum is the lightest material if compared to steel or wood. Take note however that this light materials does not automatically mean that it takes cheaper shipping costs. The fact that aluminum frames are typically welded units, they take up big spaces which bloats up your shipping fees. Also take note that packaging depends on the manufacturer so do your research.
you need to do your research before deciding which materials for framing you need to use. Choose a materials that best suits your location and the weather. next check if there is a local supplier of those materials. 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.