After making a considerable investment in a dock, you have to ensure it is maintained and organized properly. However, there are some owners who are quite enthusiastic about their property. They would like nothing better than to make sure it looks its absolute best. There’s no use of having a nice boat or a yacht if your dock is a total mess. Keeping this in mind, here are three helpful tips which could improve your dock’s overall appearance:
Set Up Floating LED Dock Lights
Regardless of what people may say, floating LED dock lights are perfect for your dock. These lights are not only efficient but bright too. These glowing balls can beautify your waterfront and will attract various kinds of fish from all around. One of the best things about the LED lights is that they are incredibly easy to install. If you already have a GFCI outlet installed on your dock, it will prove to be an even easier task and will take no more than a few minutes to complete. It’s as simple as attaching the weight and dropping it with the light in the water after which you can safely plug it in.
The adjustable strap on the dock light allows you to place the light at any depth you require. This means you can change the water depth and hence affect the size of the pool light on the surface of the water. You can safely install the dock lights by:
Measuring the depth of the water where the light needs to be placed.
Adjusting the measurement according to a low tide if your dock is located in tidal areas, .
Adjusting the strap according to your desired depth
Being careful while lowering the light and its weight into the water
Ensuring the light remains submerged at all times.
Plugging the light into the GFCI outlet once you are done.
You also need to keep in mind the size of the light pool on the surface of the water depends on several factors. The factors include the light itself, the depth of the light and its placement, and the water quality. Therefore, a little bit of research could ensure you are getting the right dock lights for your needs.
Install Dock Accessories
It goes without saying dock accessories can do more than make your life easy. Not only are they functional but they improve your dock’s overall appearance too. That’s not all, as they can make the experience of boating more enjoyable for you and others who tag along. You will come across various dock accessories to choose from. If you are using your dock to do more than simply store your boat and use it as a place to entertain, you should consider investing in dock accessories, like gazebos or shaded roof structures.
This allows you to spend more time than usual on the docks during summers when it is warmer. Apart from protecting you from the sun, it will also give you an indoor refuge even though you are still outdoors. This means you can enjoy the experience of being surrounded by water while you relax on your dock. Adding chairs and benches for seating your guests is not a bad idea either. Additionally, a dock box will allow you to store your valuables and important gear thus making your dock look cleaner and more organized.
The type of dock accessories you can choose from depend on the size of your dock. It also depends on what you use the dock for. Therefore, you should picture the dock you want and purchase the dock accessories accordingly.
Repaint or Restain Your Dock
Keeping your dock in good shape is just as important as taking care of your boat. You have to understand docks withstand the elements over time. Constant exposure to the weather eventually takes its toll. This can be avoided along with all the costly repairs if you maintain your dock properly and on a regular basis. It’s as simple as repainting your dock with a fresh coat of paint to make it look better. However, it can also help protect your dock from the weather. If you do consider using non-slip paint instead, it can prevent accidents or falls as well.
You can find suitable stains,paints, and primers for docks at any hardware store. It does not actually matter where you begin to prime or paint the dock but if you plan to stay out of the water, it would be a good idea to start at the end. This way, you will be painting yourself right off the dock. Moreover, always check the weather forecast. The last thing you would want is for the rain to wash off the stain or paint. There should be enough time for the paint to dry.
It would also be a good idea to ensure you stay away from paints which contain certain elements or chemicals which are known to be toxic and harmful for both humans and animals. Some of these paints may even get you into trouble which is why you should play it safe and avoid spillage.
There are countless other ways in which you can improve your dock’s appearance. However, it depends entirely on what you are looking for and how much money you are willing to spend. Keeping the aforementioned factors in mind, you should have a better idea on how you can start improving your dock and its appearance. Additionally, there is no harm in looking for new ideas online.
Come to think of it, you can always come up with creative ideas on your own. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want. The choice is yours but then again you have to consider various factors before you go about making changes. The weather, in particular, plays a vital role in determining whether you want to make these changes or not. For example, you could install permanent benches to ensure they stay fixed, and so on.