Common Questions About Adding A Dock To Your Property Answered

1 August 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Ensuring that you can easily enter and exit your boat might require you to have a dock installed on your property. While these are relatively common upgrades to make to waterfront property, there is a good chance that you may not have ever needed to undertake this upgrade before. To help you be as prepared as possible when it comes to the installation of your dock, you will likely benefit from learning the answers to the following couple of questions.

Will A Wood Dock Be A Reliable Choice?

There are numerous materials that can be used to create a dock. However, you may be one of the many individuals that prefer the appearance of a classic wood dock. Unfortunately, it can be easy to be discouraged from using this material for a fear of the wood rotting or developing other issues.

Luckily, it should be noted that wood docks can be a highly reliable, affordable and beautiful option. To help keep your dock in the best condition possible, you will want to ensure that you are properly maintaining it. This will involve pressure washing the dock at least once a year to remove any algae or mosses that may be growing. Also, you will want to apply a waterproof sealant to the wood to help it withstand the moisture rich environment.

Why Should You Inform Your Insurance Company After Installing A Dock?

Once the dock has been installed, it is critical for you to contact your insurance company and informed them of this upgrade. Some individuals may make the error of assuming that there is no need to notify the insurance for an upgrade to the property. However, you may find that the dock is not covered under the homeowner's insurance unless it is added to the policy.

In addition to alerting the homeowner's insurance about the new dock, you may also want to review your current coverage limits. Docks can sustain severe damage during powerful storms, but if you update your coverage to include the dock, you can help ensure that you will receive the compensation that you need to repair the dock if it is unlucky enough to suffer serious damages.

Choosing to install a dock can be a highly effective way of providing you and your family with convenient access to your boat. In particular, understanding that wood docks can be extremely reliable if they are properly maintained and the need to update your insurance after this upgrade is made will help you to be a better-informed homeowner about this feature for your home. 

For more information, contact professionals like Abbott's Construction Services Inc..