Floating Dock or Fixed Pier?
If you are looking to increase the enjoyment of your waterfront property, as well as its value, you may be considering dock construction. With a dock, you aren’t limited to a canoe or kayak you can set out from just the shoreline, and you have a nice place to gaze out upon the water. The first question that may come to mind is whether to go with a floating dock or a fixed pier. Many people find that a floating dock makes the most sense for several reasons.

  • Water Variation Levels – If you go with a fixed pier, it must be higher than the highest water level anticipated. If there is a huge variance, you could struggle with low and high tide conditions. Even when you are on a controlled waterway, such as Lake Norman, which has only a 6’ variation controlled by Duke Energy, you may find a floating dock to be the better option.
  • Permitting Issues – In many areas it is easier to get a permit for a floating dock than a fixed pier. With a fixed pier, there are sediment damage issues to contend with.
  • Reconfigurable – A floating dock provides options to make changes that you won’t have with a fixed pier. Not only can you move them around, you can also remove them to protect them from extreme weather conditions. In addition, since the electrical system floats on the dock, there is less chance of getting shorted out.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of a floating dock for your Lake Norman, North Carolina area property, give us a call at Renegar Construction. We’ll be happy to go over the regulations regarding docks in our area and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your situation. We understand a dock underwater isn’t much use, so we’ll make sure yours is built perfectly to avoid that scenario.