Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
handsonguy

Nice Material for Dock surface?

5 posts in this topic

I am looking for ideas on different types of materials to use for resurfacing my dock. At this point I have 4 foot by 8 foot steel frames with a fiberglass type material on top. I would like to replace the fiberglass type material with something more lightweight. Any Ideas? I heard that the composite type decking material is quite heavy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the past I have had wood including treated and cedar and my neighbor now has composite. I now have a 48 ft Hewitt dock that has a textured aluminum surface. Best dock surface I have been on. It stays cool, is non-slip, is extremely quite, doesn't fade is reasonable light weight, and cleans up really easily with a broom and lake water.

The fish seem to like the shade it provides. The best part is that it is completely maintenance free. Put it in the lake in the spring, take it out in the fall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you do the composite thing, make sure and do the 100% pvc product and not the standard wood flour / pvc mix. this will cost a little more but in the long run will last a ton longer and look better. Should be lighter as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are worried about weight, build sections of it that will drop in and out. That's what we have and it really works out good for pulling the dock in and out. Very light weight when you can get all the decking off in 4x4 chunks or so. The frame sections are easy to maneuver out and in as well because you can stand within them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Not unless they ban the toothpick crossbow here too. Takes those beetles out clean.   
    • That's called seasoning. Two years ago I took a trip to Germany and we spent a few days in the black forest where I got to see some authentic old world smoke houses dating back to the 1500's and the amount of buildup on the walls, hooks, poles etc is part of what gives their hams,bacon and sausage their flavor. They use juniper wood for smoking. Absolutely delicious.  But yeah, foil, Pam and other things can help. You can also use a power washer to clean them.
    •   "We have found they do not like limburger cheese, hot dogs, or Makers Mark bourbon.  I am thankful for that."   Thanks for making my nite.  
    • Also woodpeckers beat on stuff to mark their territory.   I am pretty sure that there aren't any bugs on my metal downspouts.
    • You will often discover that birds are picking very small insects from decks and other woodwork around your house;  they do the same with trees and any other structure that might hold the bugs. We see them often on our decks and they usually pick a little bit and then move on,  perhaps just checking to see if there is anything edible there. These rascals also love hummingbird or oriole nectar, sunflower seeds and of course suet in winter. We have discovered  many species that will head straight for the nectar for orioles or hummingbirds and also plunge their beaks eagerly into the grape jam bowls orioles love. Birds will eat a greater variety than you might think. We have found they do not like limburger cheese, hot dogs, or Makers Mark bourbon.  I am thankful for that.
    • And pretty soon there'll be little chinese restaurants springing up everywhere...there goes the neighborhood. 
    • I use the ball of aluminum foil, too. Works well.
    • lay them in the grass over night and wipe off in the morning.  the dew soaks in if it's moist out.  other wise lay them out and place wet towels over them for awhile..
  • Our Sponsors