Stationary Docks, Piers

Stationary docks are supported at a fixed height above water level by posts at each juncture of modules.  Piers remain at the same level regardless of water fluctuations.  The docks need not be permanent; they can be removed and reinstalled depending on site specific needs and considerations.  Stationary docks are appropriate for many ponds, lake docks, rivers, and more where water levels don’t fluctuate too much during active season and bottoms are not too deep or soft.

Lake Dock with Post Covers
Lake Dock with Post Covers

Posts fit through sleeves on the brackets that go on the corners of the stationary modules. The legs are tightened with a set screw and sit in foot pads on the bottom. Unless specifically desired, posts do not penetrate the bottom and can be used with pond liners.  The post can be fitted with an optional post cover, a bumper, or just a cap at the top.

In terms of fixed vs. floating docks, we usually recommend going with a stationary dock if normal fluctuations are less than a foot or so because it is by nature more stable, less expensive, and easy to install.  This makes it ideal for most residential lake piers and many pond docks.  Exceptions (in addition to higher fluctuations) are boggy bottom conditions, and extreme depths or slope.  The best dock depends on your individual circumstances.

How deep can the water be with a stationary dock?  A lot deeper than many people think.  It also depends on the design configuration used, and cross-over supports are also an option.  Frames engineered for stability are also an important factor.  Call for further discussion or specific questions.

Residential Lake Dock
Residential Lake Dock

MODULE FEATURES:  Maintenance-free modules require no painting or staining.  They do not rot, warp, chip, or splinter, and are stain resistant. They are non-porous and easy to rinse.  They are also impervious to insects.

Dock modules remain cool to the touch, even in extreme temperatures.  They are free of protruding surface fasteners (nails and screws), and ADA compliant for slip resistance.  Recyclable and non-toxic, they are an environmentally friendly choice.

While the decking is fine in salt water, we do recommend our optional e-coat for frames with saltwater exposure.

Modules come in a variety of sizes and can be fit together to make different dimensions and designs.  Modules with solid decking are about 7.25” high; with the open tread they are seven inches high.  A 4’ x 8’ module in standard solid decking is about 150 lbs, while in the open tread decking it is about 120 lbs.  A 4’ x 6’ module in solid decking is about 120 lbs; in the open tread it is about 90 lbs.  Each 4’ x 8’ frame is structurally engineered and certified to support a minimum 2000 lb uniform load when supported on the corners alone.

Wisconsin Residential Lake Pier
Wisconsin Residential Pier

WARRANTY:  Mod-U-Dock solid pattern decking and side materials carry a lifetime limited warranty when used in a residential application and have a 50-year commercial warranty. The open tread decking has a residential lifetime limited warranty and a 20-year commercial warranty.  There is a 15-year structural warranty on frames and hardware.

If for any reason the pier is damaged (i.e. act of nature, tree fall, vandalism), it can be easily repaired – from a single piece of decking to a whole module in more severe circumstances.  The modular construction localizes severe impact damage.

INSTALLATION:  Stationary modules come fully assembled and pre-drilled for quick and easy installation.  See more dock installation information here.