Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Signs Your Boat Dock Needs Replaced

Your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift and boat dock work together to keep your boat protected. How old is your dock? Is it still capable of doing it's job? While some dock issues can easily be repaired, sometimes docks get to a point beyond simple repair. Summerset Boat Lifts is here to help you decide if it's time to get that boat dock replaced with a few signs to look for.

1. Wood Rot Throughout the Dock. 

Over time, wooden docks can easily experience a little wood rot. Fungus from the water can cause dry rot, and you may notice some of your wood components beginning to decay and crumble. If the wood rot is contained to certain areas, you can most likely just replace those individual boards and pieces. However, if the wood rot has spread throughout the dock, it's time to start thinking about replacing your dock. One wrong step on a rotted board and you could fall through the dock. Avoid the dangers of wood rot on your dock by getting it repaired or replaced as soon as possible after you notice it. 

2. Warped or Cracked Dock Supports. 

Depending on the material your dock is made of, the rough waters of the Lake of the Ozarks can cause it to warp or bend under pressure. Sometimes this can lead to cracks and breaks. Hitting your boat into the dock while trying to dock it is also another common cause of cracked or broken supports. If the cracks are minor and localized, you might be able to get away with just replacing a few boards and beams. However, if major, load-bearing components have multiple breaks, it's in your best interest to replace the whole structure to assure structural integrity.

3. Rusted Out Platforms or Supports. 

Any docks that are made of metal are subject to rusting. Small rust spots can sometimes be repaired or will sometimes just require replacement of individual parts. If your supports seem to be overtaken by rust, it would probably be worth your while to just replace the entire structure. You may even consider having a new dock built with different materials that won't rust like that.

To avoid having to replace your dock, be sure to keep it maintained throughout the year. Lubricate the metal components to prevent rust and replace rotted wood with treated lumber. You should also have your dock sealed at least once per year. In addition to keeping your dock maintained, it's important to keep your boat lift maintained as well. For all your Lake of the Ozarks boat lift maintenance needs, give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073.
1165 Jeffries Road Osage Beach, MO  65065

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