For homes that have access to water, building a dock is a construction project that can be worthwhile. A dock will make it easier to swim, fish, and secure a boat. There are two overarching categories that separate docks, though. Stationary docks are the first type, and they’re attached to the ground beneath the water. Floating docks are the second type, and they float at the water’s surface. Let’s get into the differences between stationary docks and floating docks so you can figure which one is more appropriate in various situations.
Stationary docks are probably the structures that come to mind when you think of docks in general. Their legs make them more stable to walk and sit on, which you may appreciate if you intend to relax on them. Additionally, in places with an abundance of passing boats that disturb the water, a stationary dock’s unmoving nature is a definite plus. Because the platforms of stationary docks rise above the water and don’t directly make contact with it, they can have better longevity as well, as the materials are less prone to water-based deterioration. Still, their lifespans are usually not significantly greater than that of floating docks. If you’re dealing with shallow water, a stationary dock is a better choice because it will not grind against the ground when slightly shifting in place as a floating dock might.
Floating docks have built-in air-filled components that ensure they remain above water. They can be less expensive than stationary docks due to the fact that you don’t need a drill to install them. They do constantly touch the water, but if you use mostly plastic materials, they won’t rot like wood does on many stationary docks. Floating docks are more adaptable in that they follow the level of the water as it rises and falls in different seasons. This may be an advantage in places where the water level fluctuates a lot. They’re never in danger of becoming completely submerged or sticking out so high that you have trouble boarding and getting out of boats. However, you do need to remember that a floating dock will not feel as firm as a stationary one. By making educated considerations on the floating dock design, though, it should function without a problem.