The good news is you can build a custom dock regardless of your property and shoreline conditions. While relatively flat, easy-to-access shorelines generally means installation is more straightforward, you can still build a dock even if you have a steep slope.
What to Know When Building a Dock on a Steep Slope
Building a dock on a property that has a steep descent to the shore or one that consists of rocky or steep underwater conditions can be more challenging, but with a little ingenuity, you can still design and build the perfect dock for your home.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider the limitations (and opportunities) of your shoreline.
- Access to the waterfront – When making plans for a custom dock design, one of the first things you should consider is how you will access your dock from both land and sea. If your land descends steeply to the shore, you will likely need to install steps or a ramp if you want your dock to be accessible to all. From the water, evaluate the unique features of your area and think through how you plan to use your dock.
- Type of dock for your lake – In addition to assessing how you want to use your dock, get to know the underwater features of your lake as well. You can install pipe footings in just about any type of seafloor, including rocky lake bottoms. Floating docks, too, are very versatile options regardless of your shoreline and water depth.
- Materials for your dock – Docks built on steep slopes should be stable and durable. Entering a wobbly dock, especially after a steep descent, can feel disorienting. Choose materials made of durable frames and superior dock components for the most comfort and stability no matter your dock configuration and location.
For help determining the appropriate dock design for your unique waterfront property, contact us at RDS Dock Hardware today or fill out our free dock quote form for a customized quote. All our products are manufactured in New Hampshire and Minnesota and are made to withstand the toughest marine conditions.