The Best Boat Dock Decking?
Choosing the best boat dock decking can seem like a daunting task. Long gone are the days when your only choice was pressure treated lumber. Today your options include materials such as redwood and cedar, tropical hardwoods, composite and plastic lumber, plastic panels, aluminum planks and panels, and concrete.
While each kind of decking material has it’s good points and bad points, the choice usually comes down to price, how the dock will be used, where the dock is located, and the desired look of the finished dock.
I found a very thorough and informative article on www.popularmechanics.com on 5 materials for building a deck that covers all of these materials except plastic and aluminum panels and concrete. If you are looking for information on using plastic panels for your dock ShoreMaster, and ThruFlow are two manufacturers you should check out. Another option is aluminum panels. Versadeck has a very nice looking aluminum panel system. If you are interested in using concrete decking for your dock you should take a look at Merco Marine and Osage Precast websites for more information.
As you can see there are lots of different materials available to you for decking your dock. Which one is best for you will depend on your individual needs, wants and budget. I hope this post will help you make an informed decision.