A Guide to Dock Step Types

When preparing your lakeside property for boating and other activities, it’s essential to remember the importance of sturdy, secure dock steps. A strong set of steps leading into the water helps you and your family members safely board their boats, kayaks or canoes. Dock steps also provide an accessible entrance and exit into the water for a quick swim in the lake. 

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Types of Dock Steps 

With any set of dock steps, there are pros and cons. It’s important to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can determine which is the best fit for you and your friends and family. 

Wooden Dock Steps

Wooden dock steps are the most traditional option. Many people choose these steps for their natural beauty and strength. Wooden steps are made from treated lumber, and they are one of the most affordable options because the material is readily available.

Some disadvantages of wooden steps are that they’re prone to damage, rot and wear over time, and they require regular maintenance. Some studies also suggest the treatment used on wood could be toxic to aquatic life. 

Aluminum Stairs

Aluminum is sturdy and lightweight, and it holds up against exposure to water better than wood does. Its appearance is sleek and eye-catching, giving your dock a unique flair. Although aluminum stairs cost more than wooden steps initially, their low-maintenance and long-lasting qualities could save you money in the long run. 

The primary downside of aluminum stairs is that they run the risk of rusting or corroding after long periods. Additionally, aluminum steps need to be welded professionally, or they can break, causing a potential hazard. 

Plastic Dock Steps

Plastic dock steps offer the durability and longevity of aluminum and are available at a budget-friendly price. These stairs provide a barefoot-friendly solution for dock steps. They require limited upkeep and are are built to withstand all types of weather, including hurricanes. These steps are also more gentle on your other lake accessories, including boats and inflatables. 

One disadvantage of plastic steps is that they may be prone to cracking over time.

How to Choose the Right Dock Steps for You 

There are several key factors to keep in mind when picking dock steps:

  • Initial cost: The upfront price of your dock steps is an essential aspect to consider so you know whether your budget will support the purchase. 
  • Required maintenance: Maintenance fees can add up over time.
  • Safety: Getting dock steps that will hold up against the anticipated use is critical to keep your friends and family safe. 
  • Longevity: Consider the life expectancy of the dock steps with proper maintenance to ensure your initial investment is worth it. 

Make the Most of Your Lake With EZ Dock Products 

EZ Dock provides high-quality polyethylene products that let you spend more time doing what you love on the water and less time maintaining your dock. Browse our online selection to find lasting, low-maintenance and eco-friendly products to make your lakeside living easy. 

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