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People would usually brush off the idea of getting a new floating dock or adding another floating dock. The reason for that is very simple and that reason is budget constraint. This project costs money and these are the following overhead that must be considered: cost of materials, cost of transporting those materials and the cost to assemble dock out of those materials.

Having said that, there are those who choose to build the floating dock themselves. 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. This material is often compatible with most of the other needed materials and they are included in kits. Moreover these frames come in various sizes. Usually the sizes range from 2 x 8 to 8×10. The bigger the frames the heavier hey weigh and take note that shipping is often calculated based on this one. 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 can easily rust and corrode with changes in weather.

So moving on you next option is treated lumber. This type of framing is easier to source locally. A floating dock kit with treated lumber usually comes with steel brackets as well as fasteners and if you must ship it, the costs would not be as expensive as the first material. But of course you need to consider the size and bigger frames mean higher shipping cost regardless of material. This material however is much easier to come by locally. Through this you get to save by not spending much on shipping.

Your third option is aluminum. Unlike steel or wood frames aluminum is very light. 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. There are manufacturers that make these frames in small packages that are easier to assemble and that is another consideration.

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. When choosing a material the weather and the location must be considered. 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.

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