Accessible and attractive boat docks are one of the most important features of a waterfront home. Keeping them in ship shape is critical to making sure they continue to not only be usable, but remain an amenity that contributes to the value of the home and property.
For owners of docks in the upper Midwest and other northern states, winter can[...]Read more.
If you’re in the Midwest like us, then cold weather has already moved in and temperatures have plummeted. That means it’s time to get those boat docks out of the water and get them winterized before they’re stored away until next year.
Depending on how far north you are, ice-in may not have happened quite yet on your home lake.[...]Read more.
Boat docks are an investment in your property. It’s the point we have drilled home many times in several past blog posts. Whether a wood or aluminum sectional dock, or a steel or aluminum floating dock, your boat dock needs to be protected.
That’s because, as with any investment, you will want to take steps to protect a boat[...]Read more.
If it is your first time docking a boat, your mind could tempt you to think it is like parking a car. But you know better, the ground and the water are two different surfaces that require different techniques. And if you ask your friends who already know how to dock, they could tell you how easy it is, and for the most part, you will discover that[...]Read more.
One of the most daunting experiences among those who helm boats is docking. Imagine that you are maneuvering to dock, and a tide starts rocking you to one side, and the wind takes you to another. If that is not challenging enough, a crowd of onlookers is waiting for the shoe to drop and for your boat to demolish the dock. With these wave changes,[...]Read more.
When it comes to a boat dock for your waterfront property, you don't just wake up one day and decide to build a crib dock or floating dock – it takes effective planning and other important considerations.
A boat dock is a large structure that will not only transform your waterfront home but also impact the environment, particularly aquatic[...]Read more.
Living in a waterfront property is an ideal investment for most Americans. Such a home gives you immediate access to nature, unbeatable views, and one of a kind real estate investment. A lake gives families and individuals a great deal of adventure because there’s always something fun to do. Having boats and a boat dock on your waterfront[...]Read more.
Owning a boat means you will need to decide between a house with a private boat dock or one near a public marina for boat storage. Both options have benefits and limitations, which is why you should weigh the pros and cons before making a choice. To help boat owners to make a decision that works for them, read more to understand how private boat[...]Read more.
And with only much real estate available on current docks, waterfront properties, and marinas, expansion can be a daunting task. Such situations require a well-thought-out dock design and construction.
With thought and proper planning, you can land on a combination of deck and frame that will have you and your loved ones singing, “sitting[...]Read more.
Mice can make a home out of anything. Here are some tips to prevent mice from getting into your boat.
Congratulations, you have your dream boat, one that will take you out on the water and give you many years of happy memories. You initially fall in love with every aspect of your boat until that one fateful day when you notice something running[...]Read more.
The search for a boat cover can be an arduous task. There are many different types of covers and even more brands to choose from. If you're looking for the best boat cover, you need to find one that will work well with your specific needs. Below are some tips to help you find the perfect cover.
What is a Boat Cover and Why do You Need One
A boat[...]Read more.
Did you know your boat's dock can be used to make money? Learn how you can turn your space into an active, profitable area.
Docks are not only useful for loading and unloading goods, but they also offer an excellent opportunity to generate new revenue. There are many ways to take advantage of the space around your dock, so it is important that[...]Read more.
Homes on the waterfront are beautiful, but they can also be vulnerable. They are at risk for burglaries, vandalism, and trespassing incidents. So how do you protect your dock? You have to take precautions against theft of personal belongings or damage to boats docked in your slip.
The most common form of protection is video surveillance. Video[...]Read more.
For waterside properties, a boat dock is a great option to add value by making it possible to spend some time boating and offering a relaxation environment. Installing a boat dock is a significant project, which is why it’s recommended to find a dependable local dock builder. This article focuses on helping you understand the cost of[...]Read more.
Your boat dock is more than just a boat parking area. Today, people spend more time at home and probably looking for more exciting ways to improve their experiences. For this reason, adding in the right boat dock accessories is an excellent way to transform your dock into an exciting and inviting living space.
Dock accessories range from ladders,[...]Read more.
If you own waterfront property, installing a dock is a no-brainer. After all, it’s a better way to enjoy the outdoor environment, the water, and your favorite outdoor activities – all in the comfort and privacy of your backyard. You will have a convenient launching area for your personal watercraft and boats, an ideal swimming spot,[...]Read more.
It is a scene associated with cottage country; sipping a cool drink under the summer sunshine, sitting on your dock with friends and family members. No doubt that docks are as crucial to cottage life as boat rides and campfires. This is the primary reason we recommend that you carefully consider the most suitable type of dock for your waterfront[...]Read more.
In our experience, at least two things happen every year – record-setting water levels mean that water waves can dislodge logs, trees, and other floating objects that may have been sitting on the shore for decades. They get washed along the shoreline and could hit your dock during a storm. Nearby docks or decking from a neighbor’s pier[...]Read more.
7 Tips to Extend the Life of your Boat Dock, keep it in Optimal Condition, and Safe for your Boat & Guests
Let's talk about your boat dock. You bob your boat next to it, walk across it, and the dock takes a harsh beating from weather elements all year long. It deserves more credit, yet, there's a chance you often take it for granted.
Cleaning a boat dock, keeping it safe and in optimal condition takes time and precautions. But taking the time to offer[...]Read more.
A boat dock is the centerpiece of any lakefront property. It’s the place where boats are launched and stored, as well as where friends and family gather for fishing, swimming or other recreational outings.
But anybody lucky enough to enjoy a home on the lake has to decide what type of dock is right for their property – floating or[...]Read more.
For many, homes are much more than a place to stay at night or somewhere to raise a family. They are investments that require upkeep and improvements over time.
If you do this, then, ideally, the value of your home will increase as time passes. Should you ever want to sell, then you will get more for your house than what you originally bought it[...]Read more.
There are many high quality choices for dock-building materials, but when you want a boat dock that is made to last but also emphasizes aesthetics and appearance, then wood is hard to beat.
When sealed and treated correctly, wood can hold up to any of the elements a lake or other body of water can throw at it. It’s that beauty and natural[...]Read more.
Some projects are just made for the DIY crowd.
For most people, building a boat dock that is structurally sound and meant to last as many years as possible probably isn’t one of these projects. It’s a project that certainly benefits from experienced hands and know-how.
That’s because building a structure that’s meant to[...]Read more.
Boat docks are a focal point for waterfront property owners.
Whether they are on lakes or rivers, homes with boat docks immediately have access to a world of water recreation activities, a place for friends and family to come together – and not to mention a nice feature that can raise the property value.
But docks only provide those[...]Read more.
One of the highlights of any waterfront property, whether it’s on a lake, reservoir or river, is undoubtedly the boat dock. With so many options for designing, building and customizing boat docks, property owners can make sure that their boat dock truly stands out.
The first step to making that happen, though, is making decisions regarding[...]Read more.
Preventative maintenance and careful planning ahead is important for every property owner. But people who own boat docks on property along the shores of lakes and other bodies of water need to know how to care for an additional property feature: their boat docks from winter weather.
Protecting boat docks during the winter months is important in[...]Read more.
Boat docks come in many different varieties. We should know. VW Docks is up for the challenge of building any dock.
Though we got our start in boat dock designing and building in 1959 with our sectional wood docks, we’ve since expanded to floating docks, which have become a popular option for both residential and commercial customers[...]Read more.
Boat docks are one of the focal points of any lakefront or riverside home. They are often used not only for docking boats, jet skis and other watercraft, but as gathering points for families looking for a little outdoor recreation time.
However, as with anything near water, boat dock safety needs to be a priority for anybody who uses them.[...]Read more.
A good boat dock is what brings together the appearance of every lakeside or riverfront home. Since one of the primary benefits of living along the water is having fast and convenient access to boats and other fun watercraft, having a high-quality, beautiful boat dock is on the top priority short list for most property owners.
Of course, the[...]Read more.
The lake life is a great life. Anyone who owns a home or property on or near a lake will back us up on that statement.
From relaxing nights, to fun-filled days spent on boats or in the water, it’s hard to imagine a property that offers more potential for fun than a lake house.
If you are lucky enough to live next to the water, then you[...]Read more.
Boat owners and lakefront property owners know the value of a well-built, maintained dock.
But those same people also know that there are many options for boat docks. One of the most important options to consider is what type of material should be used for a dock.
There are plenty of options, including aluminum, steel and wood. All three of[...]Read more.
Nobody wants a beat up boat, but everyone knows little bumps happen here and there.
So, to protect your boat as much as possible, you may want to install boat cushions, also called bumpers, on your dock.
Here’s a guide to help you learn more about the different types of boat cushions that are available for any residential or commercial[...]Read more.
Some boat docks are made with an emphasis on simplicity, ease of use and functionality. They are for accessing and storing boats and other watercraft that are not in use.
But if you could have the dock of your dreams, wouldn’t you want options? For example, there are many accessories available that can turn a simple boat dock into a place[...]Read more.
As spring approaches, the itch to get out on the open water becomes harder and harder to resist. Before the boats return to the lakes and rivers, though, docks and other structures that those boats rely on must first be cleaned and repaired.
Like any other structure that is situated near a body of water, boat docks pick up dirt, grime and all[...]Read more.
Need a boat dock that's going to last and look good throughout its life? You can't go wrong with an aluminum dock.
Aluminum is one of the most popular materials used for building boat docks. Why? For many reasons, actually. In this blog post, we'll aim to touch on a few of the pros of using this awesome metal.
Aluminum boat docks look great
Ice on lakes and rivers is Public Enemy No. 1 for boat docks in winter. It can cause damage to docks that remain in the water during boating's off-season and delay recreation until repairs are made.
For homeowners or commercial businesses with docks, it's normally very strongly recommended that those docks be removed during winter when ice begins[...]Read more.
When it comes to boat docks and other marine structures, aluminum has to be considered.
Of all the types of building materials that can be used for building boat docks, aluminum is one that should always be considered. Its durability, strength and long lifespan are just a few of the reasons why aluminum so commonly used in boat dock[...]Read more.
Summer has been a blast. The early morning fishing, afternoon joy rides in the boat and evenings spent outside have probably created new memories for you and the whole family.
But fall is here and winter, like it or not, will be here too - maybe sooner than you would prefer. In areas where lakes freeze over, that means it is time to think about[...]Read more.
Boat docks are so much more than a place to hop in and out of boats. They’re a significant, practically required part of a waterfront property.
This is why so many lakefront or riverfront homeowners put so much time and thought into making sure their property features high-quality boat docks that will last long-term and adds some unique[...]Read more.
Waterfront homes are some of the most sought-after real estate in the U.S.
On a national level, homes along lakeshores are generally worth twice as much as overall homes, according to Zillow. Those values have only gone up over time, too.
It’s easy to understand why. Private access to a lake or other body of water comes with many wonderful[...]Read more.
Docks have many more uses than simply being somewhere to secure boats and other watercraft. With the right accessories, a dock can quickly become a focal point of entertainment and recreational use.
For those who enjoy taking a swim now and then, or simply enjoy playing in the water, ladders are a must-have accessory for any boat dock. Ladders[...]Read more.
As people spend more time on their boat docks throughout spring and summer months, all the dirt, grime and other elements worked up by the water tend to accumulate and dirty the dock surface. If left unclean, all those elements don’t just make docks look less appealing - they can also contribute to and speed up wear and tear.
But washing[...]Read more.
VW Docks can build any dock. We love a good challenge.
We especially enjoy building docks that everyone can use and enjoy. In fact, VW Docks is a leader in the industry when it comes to handicapped docks. Over the years, we have helped many of our clients start and complete their handicapped-accessible floating dock projects.
These are not[...]Read more.
Quality always makes a difference. That statement is true no matter what is being discussed, but it rings even truer for an investment.
And that’s just what docks are for waterfront homes.
Do docks add actual value to your property? In certain locations they definitely do, especially when the dock is well-maintained. Docks also provide a[...]Read more.
A lakefront property is immediately upgraded with dock access or a dock directly on the property. Docks become a place to store boats and other watercraft and can give you somewhere to gather for other activities.
But how do you go about choosing what type of dock is right for your lake home? Should you go with a floating dock or a stationary[...]Read more.
As a waterfront property owner, it's likely that one of your favorite areas on your property is your boat dock. A ton of memories are created there, from lounging lakeside, to fishing, to heading out on the boat for a family outing or just a pleasure cruise.
But boat docks don't last forever. They're exposed to a long list of elements, including[...]Read more.
Docks have been taken out and the ice has moved in. Guess all there is to do now is wait for spring and warmer weather, right?
While you could sit around and dream about putting the dock back in or consider installing a brand new one, there's a lot more to do than reminisce about this past year's boat outings.
Lakefront homes and other[...]Read more.
You finally did it. You scraped up the time and funds to put in that new dock you've been wanting. But now that the colder months are approaching, you won't be using it much.
Just because you won't be using it doesn't mean your dock should be neglected. That new dock needs to be probably cared for during the winter if you want to keep it in good[...]Read more.
Given that there are 17 million boats registered around the country, there is clearly no shortage of families who love to spend time on the water.
If you have land near a waterway, you might be inspired to build a dock. While building a dock might be an exciting prospect, if you don't know what you're doing you could be putting together a[...]Read more.
A new dock is an investment in your home or property.
It's an extension of your home, a place where friends and family can gather and enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and making memories. Choosing the right dock is an important decision.
The ways you'll use your dock, the look and style you want, your budget, and various other factors are all[...]Read more.
On average, most people spend anywhere from $3,000 all the way up to $17,000 installing a dock that they can use for boating, fishing, and swimming purposes.
If you're going to spend that kind of money on a dock, the least you can do is take the time to make dock protection a big priority. You should do whatever you can to protect your dock from[...]Read more.
Looking for ways to increase the property value of your lakeside home? Adding a dock can be a great way to do so.
However, not all docks are right for your property, and before you buy one, you need to make sure you've researched and designed your dock carefully.
If you aren't sure where to start, take a look at this guide about floating docks[...]Read more.
You finally got that boat you've always wanted. You can take it out on the lake whenever you feel like it!
But how are you going to get it in the water? Looks like you're in need of a dock!
So, what kind of dock is best for you? Should you go with a floating dock or a stationary dock?
Both kinds of docks have their pros and cons, and the one[...]Read more.
Let's face it. Cold concrete slabs disrupt the beauty of nature. They're functional, but not at all attractive. Cool dock designs might still incorporate this material from time to time, but you need to think far beyond rectangular blocks.
Whether you're a homeowner on the waterfront, a fishing business that wants to keep customers interested, or[...]Read more.
Without dock decking your dock is useless. It's the part of your dock everyone will see first and walk on.
When you ask someone about their dock, they will tell you two things: the style and the material of their dock.
Choosing the right dock decking will provide you and your family with safety and security while using your boat. Each of your[...]Read more.
Over 87 million of us take to the water for recreational boating, spending billion dollars on our watercraft and various accessories.
If you're lucky enough to live on the waterfront, you might have your own patch of paradise in the form of a residential dock.
However, wind and water will cause your dock to look a little rundown over time. It's[...]Read more.
However, not all docks are right for your property, and before you buy one, you need to make sure you've researched and designed your dock carefully.
If you aren't sure where to start, take a look at this guide about floating docks[...] Read more.