Wood Vs. Concrete Docks

There is nothing like being able to dock your water vehicle on your own dock. You won’t have to park it in a marina or hoist it up every time you take it out for a spin. For this of course you need a dock and no waterfront property is truly complete without one.

Once you decide to construct a dock, you must ask yourself what type of materials you want to use. The answer rests on a balance of cost versus maintenance. On the one hand, if you decide you want to use wood, you will likely save a little bit of money. On the other hand, concrete might cost you about 20% more but will not require much maintenance, which to use?

Maintenance On Wood Docks

Wood rots over time, especially when it is in constant contact with the water. Sure these pieces of wood get treated, but in time they succumb to the elements. Also, the treatments used on the wood can release chemicals in the water making them polluting agents. Wood is also known to splinter making it a hazard, especially when dealing with the cheaper woods like pressure-treated pine. 

When you have a wooden dock, the most common type of maintenance is cleaning it. This keeps it in good condition, making sure that no stains are left in place, clearing any gaps you find, and so on. The easy way out would be to pressure wash it. But, you should avoid this as pressure washing will splinter the wood and speed up erosion. 

Sanding is another thing you will find yourself doing often, at least once a year you should clean the dock so you can sand, stain and varnish the dock. The stain will seep into the wood and the varnish will add a layer of protection against the elements. Make sure you use quality stain as it will extend the life of the dock.  Rot and rust are among the other problems you will have to address over time, just replace rotted pieces and rusted nails or screws before the issue spreads through the dock costing you a fortune.

Concrete Docks

Over a period of 10-20 years, there is no option that’s more cost-effective and reliable than a concrete dock. For one thing, a concrete dock does not require the constant maintenance that wood does. Concrete does not rot and while over the decades some cracks or chips may appear, those are easily remedied. Concrete docks can be easily pressure washed making them look brand new again. Not only is the maintenance for a concrete dock much lower and less demanding than that of wood but they last longer as well. There is no reason why a concrete dock should not last you for many decades and it’s also more adaptable to other accessories you may use for boat docking and maintenance. 

Give Us A Call

If you are looking to build a Sea wall or a dock and want only the finest materials, most skilled crew and results that speak for themselves contact us by phone at 954-651-2185 or email us anytime at Your project will stand for decades to come and the value of your property will only benefit from any project completed by Price Bay.

Seawall Construction

Selecting The Best Seawall Construction Crew

Seawalls are a common construction challenge for properties along the water. Seawall construction crews take on many different tasks including, but not limited to: concrete dock and seawall installation as well as new home foundation preparation. Seawall projects vary in complexity depending on their location and scope of work required.  Here are a few things to consider when trying to select the best seawall construction crew.

What questions should I ask before hiring a seawall construction crew?

Before hiring a seawall construction crew, you will want to ask the following questions:

How many years of experience do they have?

Seawall crews must be familiar with using proper techniques and equipment when installing concrete.  If your seawall is going on thick mud or soft soil, it can become difficult to set forms properly without an experienced crew on the job.

How many projects do they complete each year?

Seawall construction crews often have a list of clients to work through. So, you want to make sure that the crew will be able give your property the attention it deserves.

A company with other seawall construction projects near you will know how to deal with the unique lay of the land. Seawall construction crews may have to deal with soft mud or hard rock. And, this can make a big difference in the outcome of your project and long-term quality of the wall. 

What kind of tools do they use? Will subcontractors be involved?

Seawall construction is all about precision so you want to work with someone who has high-quality equipment like diamond blades for cutting rebar, a plate compactor to make sure that forms are set properly and an excavator with the right attachments for your particular project. Seawall construction crews will often hire subcontractors depending on their specialty areas so it’s important that you find out who they use in case there is any damage or issues along the way.

What is their process for getting started with my project?

Seawall installation is not something that can happen overnight. It takes time and expertise to come up with a customized solution for your unique property. Make sure the company you select has a broad range of experience to bring to the table. Perhaps you live on an irregular or sloped shoreline. Or maybe high tides are a common issue where you live. Selecting the right seawall construction crew will ensure they know how to handle any curve balls that come up throughout your project.

Why Prince Bay Seawalls and Docks is The Best Seawall Construction Company

Prince Bay is the best option for seawall construction companies in Florida. With our years of experience and expertise, we know how to build a seawall that protects your property from erosion while also adding beauty to any landscape. We have provided many happy customers with services like these over the past 20 years, so get in touch with us today if you’re looking for quality workmanship at an affordable price. If you want more information about what makes us the right company for this job, please call (954) 651-2185 or visit us online at