Doing Lumber The Right Way
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.
That being said, people prefer to assemble a DIY floating dock if they could. 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. For example, consider galvanized steel for framing. These materials are easy to comeby and usually they come as part of kits. Galvanized fromes come in different sizes. Frames can be as small as 2×8 or as large as 8×10. Take note that larger frames weigh heavier and it affects shipping costs. So, large galvanized steel frames can weigh up to 300 lbs. On the other hand, take note of whether or not this type of materials is right for your location. That is because of the fact that galvanized steel is likely to rust and corrode fast under extreme weather conditions.
Moving on consider treated lumber. You can get this kind of framing 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. However with treated lumber, it is easier to find one locally. 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. On the other hand this materials is not inexpensive when it comes to shipping. Even if it weighs lighter it takes up a lot of space because aluminum frames come as welded units. Consider the fact that packaging is dependent on the manufacturer which is something you also need to look into.
The lesson here is that when you are embarking on a project of building a new floating dock whether you do it yourself or have someone else build that for you you need to do your research with the materials. Choose a materials that best suits your location and the weather. And once you have selected your materials try to see if you can buy all the things that you need locally. 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.