When you have a home on the water, whether it is on a lake, river, or ocean, having a boat dock seems like one of the best ways to maximize your enjoyment of having a waterfront property. However, if you are also a person who is environmentally conscious and concerned about impact you have on the natural world around you, you may wonder what you can do to ensure that your boat dock matches your beliefs. Get to know some of the ways that you can make sure that your new boat dock is as green and environmentally friendly as possible.
Consider Durable Recycled Plastic For Dock Materials
One of the latest innovations in building boat docks is the use of more recycled or repurposed materials in the dock construction process. While many people have grown accustomed to the use of metal and wood for dock building, the reality is that these natural resources were not originally meant to be put in water, especially salt water.
Metal can corrode and develop issues with rust and other issues that weaken its structural integrity. Wood can rot and develop algae, mold, and other such issues. Plastic, on the other hand is highly durable and will not rot or corrode in the same way that other materials do. It is also designed to be slip resistant so you are safer when you use your boat dock.
Floating Boat Docks Are More Eco-Friendly Than Grounded
If you are trying to do the least amount of damage to the ecosystem of the lake, river, or sea that you are building your dock on, you will want to try to build a floating boat dock rather than one that is grounded or anchored. When you attempt to anchor your boat dock with underwater posts or braces, you will be displacing the sand, rock, and other materials at the bottom of the body of water.
This can cause aquatic plant life as well as fish and other animal life that makes that area their home to die off or to become displaced and disoriented. You will also be introducing more foreign materials into the ecosystem that could cause various types of trouble. A floating boat dock minimizes the impact and allows much of the life in the body of water to continue on undisturbed.
Now that you know a bit more about going green with your new boat dock, you can begin the building and planning process and have your eco-friendly boat dock built as soon as possible. Contact a contractor, like Abbott's Construction Services Inc., for more help.