For instance, many docks are made of pressure treated decking which is unsuitable for long term use. When used for docks, or other marine applications, this wood is susceptible to damage caused by factors like heavy usage, sun, and inclement weather. Over the long term the performance also declines due to extreme temperature fluctuations.
A homeowner must know how to select the right decking material to ensure the longevity of the dock. Selecting the right type of wood will help avoid ship worm or gribble infestation (these pests weaken softer woods like pine by boring tunnels through the lumber).
So, what are the best decking materials to use for a dock?
Take a look at the picture to the right. This dock was made of 4′ long ipe decking. The homeowner saved a great deal of money without having to sacrifice long term durability. Considering Ipe is a tropical hardwood, it is literally naturally made for marine environments.
Ipe and Cumaru have some unique characteristics as a dock construction material:
- High strength
- Excellent resistant to decay, mold and marine bores
- A lifespan of more than 40 years
- Great slip resistance
- The natural appearance of Ipe and Cumaru also lends itself to the aesthetics of any marina.
- Safe for the environment
- Great for all climates and salinity environments
- Incredible stability
Stunning, exquisite, long-lasting. Your dock renovation project will have spectacular results with 3′ to 7′ Ipe or Cumaru from AdvantageLumber.com. Call today to inquire about our short length decking which is the perfect material for docks (see picture above).