If your company is among the many that need a dock for commercial purposes, then designing the perfect space is a must. Commercial dock installation requires more planning and consideration than residential docks. Instead, design considerations abound. Knowing what to consider in terms of design will help you create the perfect commercial dock for your business.
Dock Design Starts in the Conference Room
The dock design should start in your conference room before you choose a supplier. You can think about the materials for your space.
Before you proceed, there are many things to consider. Think about the different functions your dock will serve. Will customers dock in this area? Are you going to accept deliveries at your dock? How often will you or your customers be at the dock? How many boats will you be storing at a time? Before you begin designing, brainstorm with your team about what you need from your dock.
There are many things to consider. Knowing exactly what you want at the beginning will result in a superior product.
Get a Closer Look at the Water
- Water itself can influence the design of a dock. Understanding the characteristics of water and the conditions beneath your dock is essential to ensuring its stability.
- You should consider the fact that the water level may rise and fall dramatically, especially if the tides are high or low every day.
- You’ll also need to consider the rough surface of the water due to storms and excessive boat traffic.
- Consider the sub-surface of the water. Before you start designing, it is important to know what anchoring or piling options are available in the space.
Think About Your Shape
- Commercial docks have traditionally been one continuous, long piece that juts out into the water. There are so many materials and styles available today that you can get almost any shape.
- You can create a unique design for your business. You can even change the configuration of some options at a future date.
- It is possible to build a straight dock, but depending on the needs of your business, it may not be a good option. A T-shaped dock will give you a longer and wider area over the water.
- It is especially useful if you are planning to have dock customers who need a little extra surface area. The L-shaped dock layout is the most common for commercial customers because it provides a lot of space for different types of businesses.
- If you need to park multiple vessels and have several hoists, a U-shaped dock is the best option.
Decking Materials: Consider Your Options
After you have considered the use of the dock, its shape, and the water surrounding it, you can start to think about the construction materials.
It’s important to choose a material that is low maintenance and can handle the daily traffic.
Commercial docks are available in a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, and PVC. Make sure to compare the pros and cons of each before deciding which is best for your business.
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