Getting Started Guide
Congratulations on deciding to get a dock for your home or business! It’s a great investment that will help you maximize your time on the water for years to come. If you need help deciding or have a question at any point in the process, feel free to contact one of our representatives. We’ve also put together this quick-start guide to get you on the water faster!
I Already Have A Dock
If your waterfront already has a dock, you might not need to start over. EZ Dock can be configured as part of an existing system, so you can add on and customize what you already have. If you have an old wooden dock you can’t or don’t want to salvage, you can replace your current system with EZ Dock modular docks.
Additional questions? Contact one of our local representatives.
I Have A Dock Location
If you have a location for a new dock, EZ Dock has modular floating docks designed to meet the conditions of your region. Live in a four-season climate? Our floating docks are easy to remove for the winter, so you don’t have to worry about icing over and ice damage. If you live somewhere with warm weather, a floating dock will float on the water as it rises and lowers, so you don’t have to worry about your dock suddenly being too high.
EZ Dock takes care of you in most water conditions. Our sturdy docks are designed to be firmly connected but allow each dock section to move independently, ensuring maximum durability even in extreme weather.
Our local representatives can help if you have any questions about geographic or other considerations with your dock.
What Type of Dock Do I Need?
Whether you want to use your dock for swimming, relaxing, boating or a combination of different water activities, you may need a different configuration. EZ Dock modular docks make it easy to customize the dock system you want so you can make the most out of the water. Best of all, EZ Dock lets you add onto your dock if you like, so you can adjust your waterfront if you add some new favorite activities or watercraft to the mix. Our versatile, easy-to-use, flexible and durable docks work great with:
Check out our full line of dock options as well as the markets we serve.
What are the local rules and regulations?
Local communities vary when it comes to dock building bylaws. Consult your municipal government website or the state department of natural resources or environmental services for more information. In general, you will need to find out whether there are restrictions in your area about the size, placement or type of dock structures you can have and any paperwork you will need. You may need to submit plans for the dock or get a permit to build, depending on where you live.
Luckily, EZ Dock’s local representatives can assist you in figuring out the rules and regulations for your area. Contact one of our local representatives to help you navigate the rules in your area and work through the process to stay compliant.
How much will it cost?
EZ Dock will add to the value of your property and will help you maximize your waterfront for years to come. We can work with you to put together the right configuration for your needs and budget. You can also check out our pricing page for common configurations and estimated price ranges.
If you are working with a budget or want to control costs, you can start with a basic configuration and then easily add to it later. For example, you can start with a basic dock and add a larger dock, launch for kayaks/canoes or a drive-on PWC port as your budget allows or as the ways you use your waterfront change with time.
The best way to get an accurate estimate for your specific project is to contact a local representative or to request a quote.
An anchoring system keeps your dock in place, even during challenging weather, protecting your investment. The overall stability, functionality and even look of your dock are impacted by your anchoring decision. Your anchoring can also help determine how stable and durable your dock is in severe weather, so it’s important to select wisely.
You have lots of options when it comes to anchoring, including:
- Galvanized Poles. These composite metals resist water damage and corrosion.
- Full-Size Pilings. Pilings have a small footprint and allow your dock to withstand significant movement. They are less practical for very deep waters, however.
- Dead Weights. As the name suggests, these are weights that are dropped into the water and prevent your dock from drifting away. They are ideal for situations where you have a floating dock or platform, or where other anchoring systems are not feasible.
- Stiff arms to shore. These anchoring systems reach out to shore, so they require your dock to be located close to the shore. They are also best for waters with minimal movement.
- Combination. Since each anchoring system has its benefits and limits, a combination system offers additional protection for your dock.
When choosing your anchoring system, consider the water currents and water levels, the distance to the shore, the climate and wind conditions, and the dock and water depth in your area. Also, consider whether there are any local bylaws affecting your choice.
Choosing an anchoring system is a more technical decision about your dock, so you may want to talk to a field representative, who can walk you through your options and help you make the best choice.
What is the Water Like?
The water under your dock is as important as the dock itself and can have a big impact on your configuration. If you are on a large body of saltwater, you may need to consider stronger waves and the impact of corrosion. You may need a very different configuration than someone installing a dock on a still, shallow lake.
Consider the type of water you have:
- Open Sea
- Protected Sea
- Other Water
The type of water can affect water depth, movement, tides and the types of challenges your dock must be able to face.
Bed conditions also need to be considered. These can include:
- Mud. Mud can fail to provide a stable surface for anchoring, as it may be too soft.
- Sand. Sand can shift, which can make anchoring a challenge.
- Gravel. Gravel may hide a bed that allows for sturdy anchoring or may hide a soft bed that does not allow you to drill down and secure your dock easily.
- Rock. Rock can prevent you from drilling down to secure your dock.
- Other. Other bed conditions can present their own challenges and advantages.
You will also need to consider wave conditions, including maximum wave height and current. Wave activity may rule out some dock configurations or may require you to add additional protections to keep your dock secure in different weather.
The good news is that EZ Dock modular docks have been able to withstand many kinds of waves and currents, even in extreme weather. In fact, our systems are so durable that military and industrial users turn to us when they want docks to stand up even to the toughest conditions. If you want docks that handle most water conditions, contact a local EZ Dock representative to discuss your configuration options.