Researching the floating dock parts that are used to construct your dock should be a major part of the due diligence in your buying process. Whether your dock is going to be in saltwater or freshwater, it’s important to know the different types of materials you have available for the parts you use in your structure.
It’s amazing how powerful and just how destructive water can be to a vessel or a structure like a floating dock. The two videos below show a perfect example of just how tough the water of any type can be on aluminum and what you can do about it.
If you are purchasing a floating dock from Rolling Barge you can rest assured that we focus on lifetime designs. However, we are constantly testing and refining our process. No matter where you purchase your dock or barge, make sure that you have the proper materials, so you don’t have problems two or three summers after you purchase.
All Rolling Barge structures are engineered with 6061 t6 Aluminum for all of our floating dock parts. This includes our boat dock frames, and floating dock kit frames as well as gangways. When we started out we researched the different material options: such as steel, wood and of course aluminum. Although we sell floating dock plans that are constructed from wood, everything we actually manufacture whether it be a kit, barge or swim platform is constructed with aluminum.
There are numerous grades of aluminum. 6061 T6 is used in a variety of other commercial applications such as aircraft wings, bicycle frames and even scuba tanks. We concluded that aluminum is the superior material for floating dock construction because of it’s strength and lite weight.
One of the arguments to using aluminum versus steel is the fatigue factor. Watch the video below to see why this should not be a concern.