Stationary Docks – Piers

What is a stationary dock?  It is a dock supported at a fixed height above the water level.  Stationary docks feature posts or legs at the juncture of each module.  Piers remain at the same level regardless of water fluctuations.  Our stationary docks need not be permanent; they can be removed and reinstalled depending on site specific needs and considerations.

Pier with Post Covers
Stationary Dock with Post Covers

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

In terms of stationary 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.  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.

Stationary Dock - Pier
Stationary Dock – Pier

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 salt water 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 Pier
Wisconsin Pier

WARRANTY:  Mod-U-Dock solid pattern decking and side rail materials carry a lifetime limited warranty when used in a residential application and have a 50-year commercial warranty. The ss-style 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.