Dock Construction

Dock Building In Three Easy Steps

One

We get to know you and talk through the dock you’ve been dreaming about. It doesn’t matter where you are in the process, we can come alongside you and assist in the planning and designing, or simply build the dock you’ve already designed.

Two

We build your dream dock using high-quality material, proud craftsmanship, and cutting-edge techniques.

Three

You enjoy your dream dock with family and friends. And don’t worry, we can handle any routine maintenance your new dock may require over the years.

101 Guide

Considering a new dock? Learn the ins and outs of dock building and arm yourself with critical information!

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Is dock ownership right for me?
  • Selecting a dock contractor
  • Selecting dock type and materials
  • Construction process

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a dock cost?

Dock building is just like other forms of construction, so the price of a project varies because it’s dependant on material selection, project area conditions, as well as construction access.

How big can my dock be?

Generally, 1,000 sq. ft. is the maximum size for the dock.

A six-foot-wide walkway is allowed and isn’t counted in the 1,000 sq. ft. The dock may extend 150 feet out, or 1/3 of the distance across the channel, whichever is less. There are, of course, some exceptions on regulations, which you can read about here.

When is the best time to build a dock?

We build in any season, but winter is usually the best time because water levels are down and this can sometimes make the construction process easier.

How long does construction take?

Each project is different, but, in general, a dock takes about 4-6 weeks to complete.

How quickly can you start?

It all depends on how quickly we can get a permit for your project. TVA permits can take up to six months to be approved.

Can you just drive the piles?

Every once in a while, we give estimates for projects like this. However, when we only drive piles and leave the rest up to you, we don’t offer a warranty on the finished dock. It’s also worth noting that the building methods we employ require all of the main deck framing be installed at the same time as the piles are being driven.

Do I really need a permit?

The answer is almost always yes. Unless you are repairing a dock that is already properly permitted to the current owner of the property, a permit is required.

Start Enjoying the Water!

The purpose of your dock is to help you relax and to offer an escape from the stresses of life. But when something goes wrong with your dock or lift, or you hire the wrong company to build your dock, you’re adding to that stress and that’s the last thing you need. Contact us for a free consultation and let us show you how we can give you peace of mind knowing that your dock project is in the right hands.

View some of the docks we’ve built.

  • (423) 752-0708
  • info@chattanoogadockbuilders.com
  • 608 S Holtzclaw Ave Chattanooga, TN 37404

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