Your dock provides essential access to the water for boating, swimming, fishing, or entertaining, and is an important asset of your property. Keeping a water dock in good repair is important to preserve its reliability and safety. The nature of damage, wear, or problems with your dock will contribute to the cost of repairs, as will its style and construction materials. Your contractor can evaluate the location and features of your dock to determine how its characteristics will impact the cost of maintenance and repairs.
Location of Dock
The location of your dock can play a significant role in planning and executing repairs, since the accessibility and traits of a water body may affect the materials, scheduling, and equipment needed for the job. Repairs on lake docks are generally straightforward and cost an average of $182, though the climate conditions in your area may affect the project. Working on docks in rivers may pose more challenges for your contractor, depending on water depth, river currents, and the anchoring style of the structure, and may cost about $219. Ocean dock repair projects may also be affected by tides and shore features, and cost $308 to complete on average.
Dock Construction Style
An important factor in the requirements of a dock repair is its overall construction style. The stability of permanent docks, which are secured in place with pilings or piers, generally provides for convenient surface repairs, though work on supporting structures or foundations can be complicated. With a broad scope of options, repairs on permanent docks cost an average of $226. Some docks can be removed from the water if necessary, simplifying several types of maintenance tasks. Though their features and repair requirements may vary, this flexibility contributes to repair rates of about $187 for standing docks, $151 for portable systems, and $206 for floating structures. Suspended docks can be difficult to access or require special equipment for some types of repairs, which may cost $413.
Repairing Damaged Dock Structure
Continual exposure to water and the elements, as well as impact and use, will eventually deteriorate some components of your dock. The type and location of damage, as well as the style and materials of your dock are important considerations when pricing repairs. Work on permanent dock structures may require your contractor to access repair sites from the water and could involve special equipment or machinery. Depending on the conditions of the dock’s location and the extent of repairs, it may cost $362 to fix a dock’s foundation and $344 for work on support pillars. Making repairs to the wood or metal framing of a dock costs an average of $212, and repairing or replacing floats may cost $187, with expenses affected by the accessibility of damaged areas and the size and scope of the repair.
Making Repairs to Dock Surfaces and Accessories
Surfaces and dock accessories are typically easier to access than supports and framing, though the expense of repairs will still vary with the complexity of the project, the skills required, and the materials involved. Dry rot on deck surfaces can pose a hazard for dock users, and generally calls for the replacement of some decking boards. Repair costs for dry rot average $193, though related sealing or finishing of wood surfaces may add to the cost of the job. Similarly, damage or wear on vinyl rub rails or bumpers can reduce their effectiveness, and costs about $138 to repair. Motorized features, such as boat lifts, can add convenience to your dock, but may require special skills or parts to repair and cost about $216.
Planning for Water Dock Repairs
Due to constant exposure to water and the elements, thorough maintenance is essential to preserve the safety and functionality of your water dock. Carefully assess the condition of the dock and the nature of problems to help your contractor plan an effective repair. Consider how the features, style, materials, and location of your dock may contribute to costs as you prepare and budget for the project.