Lakehouses are the dream for some people. Spending the long summer days fishing and swimming right in front of your own house is surely a pleasant thought. You can enjoy a weekend trip with your friends, or spend the summer holidays with your family. 

 

Owning a lakehouse often means owning a dock as well. Docks range from simple stationary structures to customizable floating docks. Choosing a dock depends on your needs and the conditions the dock will face. 

 

There are other factors you need to consider before buying a dock for your lakehouse. This guide will inform you about those factors so you can choose the best dock for your lakehouse. 

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Water Conditions

Before buying a dock for your lakehouse factor in the conditions the dock will have to face and which type of dock will better accommodate your needs. The first thing you need to figure out is the water level. If the water level does not vary too much, you can go for the traditional stationary dock. But, if the lake water varies drastically, a plastic floating dock is a better option. The plastic floating dock will provide stability as it will not get submerged into the water. 

 

So, before you buy a dock for your lake house consider your lake depth and water level, and then choose the best type of dock that suits your needs. 

 

Material and Construction

The next thing you’ll want to consider is the material and construction design of the dock. This also depends on how much and for what purpose you use the dock. There are many different types of docks that are designed to face different conditions and fulfill different consumer demands. 

 

Let’s say you just want a walkway, the water level is fairly stable and tides remain low. A stationary dock made out of wood will be a good choice in this scenario. It will provide stability and a secure connection to the shoreline.

 

If you need a dock that can act as a walkway, a fishing platform, a pontoon for your jet ski, or an actual dock for your boat then you should go with a plastic floating dock. The reason being the customization allowed by the floating docks. You can build any kind of structure you need using the Hiseadock floating dock

 

Life Span and Cost

A dock is not a very cheap accessory and you wouldn’t want to spend a fortune on a dock after every year or two. The cost of installing a dock can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It all depends on the dock you choose to install. A dock that is made from the right material and is cared for properly will last for decades, so you won’t regret spending the money. 

You may be inclined towards a stationary dock thinking it will be more durable but you should know that the plastic floating docks are just as durable. Moreover, plastic floating docks are much cheaper as compared to stationary docks. So, before you make a decision about buying a dock inquire about the life-span of the dock and watch out for the cost.

 

Winter Worries

Most of the lakes freeze completely in the winter and as a dock owner, you need to plan for that. There are two steps you can take to remove your winter worries. The first is to remove the dock completely. A floating dock with separate floats is fairly easy to assemble and disassemble and if you have installed a plastic floating dock it best to remove it in winters. 

 

On the other hand removing a traditional, stationary dock proves very difficult and costly. So, instead of removing them, you can use a method called bubbling or de-icing. If your dock is not built for easy installation and removal we suggest you use the bubbling method to protect your dock. 

 

Legalities

As the owner of a lakehouse that has a dock installed, you need to be a responsible law-abiding citizen. Contact the local authorities and inquire about any restricted activities on the lake. For example, in some states riding a speedy watercraft like a jet ski or a speedboat is prohibited. So, don’t waste your money installing a thousand dollar dock for your speed boat if you are not allowed to use it. But if you plan on using the dock for just fishing, you are good to go. 

 

Safety

Another big responsibility when you use a dock is to ensure the dock is safe and secure. Docks can easily break loose if not properly secured to withstand wind and water pressure. Furthermore, dock owners are personally responsible for any damage caused by their loose dock washing away. A good way to ensure your dock doesn’t get loose and damage someone else’s property is to get plastic docks. You should also read the Safety Standards for Residential Dock on Lakes

 

Conclusion

To sum it all up we will say that having a dock at your lakehouse is very important considering the utility it provides. But making the decision of what kind of dock to install can be difficult. We hope this little guide can inform you about the things you need to know before installing a dock in your lake house. If you have any other questions regarding this post, feel free to reach out to us.

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