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Frequently Asked Question

How do I know if a marine contractor is licensed? 2021-04-05T13:30:03+00:00

It is important to make sure any contractor working on your property is licensed. We have our General Contracting license and are happy to answer any questions about our marine construction services. We want you to feel comfortable and confident when you choose to partner with us. You can also call the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 866-532-1440 to verify if a marine contractor is licensed.

What is the purpose of a vinyl seawall? 2021-04-05T13:30:59+00:00

A vinyl corrugated seawall keeps your shoreline in place. It is made up of interlocking panels which reduce the chance of waterfront erosion. It has become a popular seawall material in the marine construction industry due to its durability and simpler installation techniques.  

Is a permit required for a boat dock construction? If yes, who will take care of the marine project permit?2021-04-05T13:31:49+00:00

Generally, waterfront property owners are required to get a permit before the dock construction, although some docks may be exempt from permitting requirements due to their dimension and placement. For more information, you can refer to the Florida Waterfront website. You can always give us a call here at DC Marine Construction to discuss how we can help guide you through the dock permit process. 

How do I know when it’s time for a seawall repair vs. a seawall replacement? 2021-04-05T13:32:28+00:00

If your seawall shows rust stains, large gaps, cracks in the panels, or seawall caps, or if it is already crooked or leaning in/out, a seawall repair is necessary at minimum. But the amount of damage or aging will determine if you need a seawall replacement instead, so having a licensed marine contractor come out for an estimate is your best bet. Our waterfront marine construction experts will know if your seawall can be repaired or if it’s time to invest in a new seawall replacement.

When can I expect my boat dock installation to be completed? 2021-04-05T13:33:39+00:00

After securing a construction permit, the average boat dock installation can vary in and around Melbourne, FL. Several factors may affect the construction time, including the dock’s design, materials, location, weather, manufacturer timelines, and more. We can help narrow down a time frame for your boat dock installation once we complete a consultation.

Is DC Marine Construction insured?2021-04-05T13:34:16+00:00

Yes. We are a professional dock and seawall company who are insured, licensed, and bonded.

What is the recommended type of lumber to use in marine construction? 2021-04-05T13:34:48+00:00

Marine-treated lumber is the recommended lumber type as it is made specifically to withstand the Florida weather condition and harsh marine environment. Also called Marine-grade lumber, it is strong, has a beautiful and natural finish, economical, and low maintenance for any marine construction project.

What are the signs that my wooden boat dock has damage? 2021-04-05T13:36:02+00:00

Some signs that your wooden boat dock needs repaired or replaced are wood rot or dry rot caused by fungus in multiple areas, beam breakage, and foundational cracks. Let an expert marine contractor inspect your wooden boat dock so you know what needs to be done.  

How long do waterfront docks last? 2021-04-05T13:36:59+00:00

A professionally installed waterfront dock can last an average of 20 to 25 years even without maintenance. At DC Marine Construction, we want your waterfront dock to last even longer! That’s why we will educate you on how to gain extra years on your marine construction project with proper and regular maintenance.  

How much value does a wooden boat dock add to a residential property? 2021-04-05T13:37:26+00:00

Adding a wooden boat dock does increase your property’s value by thousands of dollars. The exact amount depends on your property type and the boat dock you installed. Basically, it is a matter of getting the right kind of wooden boat dock on the right waterfront property. As your expert marine construction contractors, we can walk you through the best options for your home and budget.

Are vinyl seawalls necessary? 2021-04-05T13:38:06+00:00

Vinyl seawalls are necessary for safeguarding your waterfront property from destructive waves created in storm conditions. A Vinyl Corrugated seawall is a great solution for your waterfront marine construction needs because of its affordability and durability.

Why do you need a boat lift in Florida? 2021-04-05T13:38:36+00:00

A boat lift is an essential device and a great investment for your boat or jet ski. Boats, whether big or small, can be damaged by Florida storms and seasonal water levels if not kept on a lift. A professional marine contractor can help you find a custom boat lift solution for your watercraft.  

Why should I consider adding a custom boathouse to my waterfront property? 2021-04-05T13:39:14+00:00

A custom boathouse does more than just reinforcing protection for your boat or jet ski. Depending on the design style and functionality, it also adds value and curb appeal to your waterfront property. Boathouses are a worthy investment since they can even be customized as a lounge area or social area for your family and guests. We are a quality marine construction company who can help guide you through the many custom boathouse options that best fit your style and budget.

How long does a marine-grade lumber last? 2021-04-05T13:39:39+00:00

Marine-grade lumber is proven to last up to 30 years or more if maintained properly. If you are needing a treatment solution or some advice on how to best maintain your wooden boat dock, call DC Marine Construction and we’ll be happy to help you with your boat dock needs.

How do you protect a wooden boat dock from worm infestation? 2021-04-05T13:51:52+00:00

To protect your wood boat dock from shipworms, marine-grade dock pilings are wrapped by a plastic material called piling wraps—a protective layer that worms and pests cannot penetrate. Contact your professional boat dock contractor to see if you have any type of infestation in your wooden boat dock or dock pilings. A quick inspection can help you extend the lifespan of your waterfront marine construction project.  

How do I choose the right boat dock? 2021-04-05T13:52:48+00:00

You need to weigh several factors such as your budget, boat dock materials, the body of water where your boat dock will be installed as well as its depth, and how you will use the dock. We are professional boat dock builders that can help you make the right decision in choosing the right boat dock for your waterfront property.  

What should I know before planning out a waterfront marine construction project? 2021-04-05T13:53:35+00:00

As a waterfront property owner, you need to know where your property’s boundary lines are before any dock construction planning can begin. Additionally, there are certain city guidelines that must be followed and depending on the requirements of your waterfront marine construction project certain permits may or may not be required (i.e., the difference of requirements between a classic wooden boat dock vs. a custom boathouse with sunbathing deck and jet ski lift). The experts at DC Marine Construction can help keep this process simple and guide you through every step of your waterfront marine construction project!