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When summer rolls around, many Okanagan lakefront homeowners head to their docks to soak up the Okanagan sunshine and cool their toes in the water of the lake. If you have a waterfront home and no dock, it’s definitely time to build one!

Working with a professional dock builder can help turn your waterfront vision into a reality and help you enjoy the Okanagan summers on the comfort of your own dock. Before you get started, here are three ways you can elevate your dock building experience. .

Shoreline Pile Driving features Kelowna Dock build and boat lift accessories

#1: Pick a dock builder you trust

It’s so important to find a builder that you trust. Make sure you take the time to research past projects and reviews before you hire a contractor. It’s also a good idea to see what kind of involvement they have with the community. The more your values align with the company’s, the better the relationship between you two will be. The strength of the professional relationship almost always translates to a more pleasant building experience.

In a previous blog article, we mentioned five things to consider before building a residential dock. This article can help explain all the things that should be considered before construction begins and guide you into finding the best professional builder for the job.

Ask lots of questions

It’s also important to ask a lot of questions of the potential hire. You should always feel comfortable approaching your builder with questions at any time during the project. Some of the questions to be asked should include:

  • What kind of dock is best for Okanagan Lake?
  • Who secures the permits?
  • How long will my dock last?
  • How often do I need to service my dock and lift?

If the builder you plan on working with isn’t responding to your questions, it may be time to seek out a different one.

Communicate with your dock builder to ensure construction stays on track

#2: Communicate often

One of the best things you can do to make sure your dock build runs smoothly is to communicate clearly with your Kelowna dock builders. Before the project gets started, make sure you communicate your needs, preferences, and expectations. If everything is organized and laid out before the first piling is installed, the construction process should be continue seamlessly.

Frind Winery Boat Dock built by Shoreline Pile Driving

#3: Consider the end goal

Since the permitting process can take a long time, it’s really important to consider the entirety of the building process. While waiting for your permit, work with your builder to confirm design plans before construction begins. If you have questions, ask them. If you have your eye set on additional dock accessories, order them in advance. These little steps can make a big impact on the length of construction and your overall satisfaction with your completed boat dock.

Future maintenance is worth considering

If you’re incorporating a boat lift into your dock design, this is also a great time to think about lift maintenance. There are three reasons why boat owners keep their lift in perfect operating condition:

  1. It prevents damage to the boat and the dock
  2. It extends the length of the lift lifespan
  3. It reduces the chance of costly, unexpected repair bills

When you find a professional dock builder, ask if they provide annual maintenance packages for your dock and lift. If they do, it’s probably a good idea to set up a recurring annual appointment. By doing this, you can spend more time enjoying your lakefront home and less time scheduling appointments.