Exploring Different Types of Decking & Docking Systems

What could be better than sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away? Are you happiest unfastening the boat and pushing off for some time cruising around or tying it back up after a fun excursion? Do you like how the waves gently lap against the structure? Perhaps you’re happier a bit further away from the water, gazing at it from a deck, or playing cards under an umbrella on that deck while the grill cooks up savory food a few steps away. 

What Is the Difference Between Decking and Docking Systems?

When you’re talking about decks and docks West Palm Beach, you’re talking about the same thing, but different. It’s not a punchline. Decks and docks share similarities in the materials that are used to construct them and the platform-oriented surface. Both come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made to bear tremendous weight, to be durable and long-lasting. The difference is that decks are installed over land and docks are installed over water.

What Materials Are Used To Construct Decks & Docks?

Traditionally, both decks and docks have been made of wood. Pressure-treated lumber is essential to withstand outdoor elements like sun and moisture. Some woods, like redwood, cedar and tropical hardwoods are also resistant to rot and insects. Composites, which are usually a combination of wood pulp and recycled plastic, are a more durable choice than wood. Composites are also environmentally friendly and require less maintenance than wood as they never need to be stained or refinished.

Aluminum is a common choice for decks and docking systems as it can be used to create the platform or the structure beneath it. Aluminum requires little maintenance and is resistant to warping, decaying or rotting. It is also lightweight, yet quite durable and long-lasting.

Materials vary in price of installation, potential for warrenty and lastability. Generally, a well-constructed deck or dock can last for decades.