Techstar Plastic Float Style
We carry the Techstar line of plastic floats. Most of the floats are foam-filled. This style of floatation offers the advantage of having no wood touch the water. This way, you can minimize the wood from getting "waterlogged" and gaining weight. Another advantage is that assembly (if you prefer to build your own dock) is simple. There are various types of floats. Plastic floats by nature are a bit more expensive than styrofoam billets. Many people ask us if they can be left in the water for the winter. Well... yes and no. Technically, the floats will withstand ice forming around them. However, that is not the problem. In the spring, ice can shift and heave (depending on your lake, shoreline and prevailing winds). This will buckle the structure and cause damage. You are taking a risk by leaving the dock in. Visit the Techstar site to look at the various styles.
The Conventional Wood Dock
These are our most popular sellers, mostly due to the lower cost than other alternatives. We make these from Cedar lumber or Pressure Teated lumber. For more information about treated lumber, visit our deck page.
Styrofoam billets have improved over the years and they tend not to "waterlog" as much as they used to. We use 7"x20"x8' billets in our docks (480# of lift each) and can use 10" (690# of lift each) if requested. Some customers have problems with pesky muskrats burrowing around them but generally, this is not a serious problem. Our construction detail protects the billet from damage. We also include skid plates on the bottom of the dock. Our ends are specially reinforced for stresses introduced by the ramp/walkway.
We typically do not stain the docks. However, we recommend that you stain the dock at some point to extend the life of the wood, repel the water and prevent it from cracking (checking) due to sun exposure and the wet/dry cycles.
The optional ramps are also reinforced. Our standard size is 3'x12' for the ramps. We find that any larger ramp is too heavy to lift and can bow.
We carry the Coldriver brand of dock hardware. It is powder coated black. This coating is considered superior to galvanizing because it does not scratch. We have two diagrams that show our hardware. One is primarily for floating docks and the other is primarily for pipe leg docks. The diagrams are in a clear .pdf file. Once opened up, you can zoom in.
The standard anchor is 100#. We also sell 155# for larger docks. The Techstar plastic float company alos makes a form for filling concrete on the shoreline.
Permits- New in 2016
As a result of a 2015 decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, authorization is required to construct or place a dock or single-storey boathouse that occupies (i.e., that is on or above) more than 15 square metres of shore lands. (161 sq ft)
This includes the placement of seasonal structures on shore lands as well as expansions or replacements of existing structures that are greater than 15 square metres. The area of shore lands occupied by a dock or single-storey boathouse can be calculated based on the perimeter of the structure.
This is a change from how MNRF authorized the majority of structures in the past and at this time, there is no fee associated with applying for and receiving an authorization for this activity or occupation of Crown land.
Applicants should contact their local MNRF District Office to initiate the application process. District staff will provide an estimate of the time required to process your application.
For further reading.... https://www.ontario.ca/page/crown-land-work-permits#section-4