Aluminum Floating Docks
US Dock and Canopy offers two different frame styles and an array of hardware to create a stable and versatile floating pier. Floating docks are a great choice for deep water, rocky lake bottoms, frequently varying lake depths and changing tide situations. 24″ x 48″ x 12″ foam filled rectangular floats are easily fastened to the under side of the aluminum frames.
The low profile aluminum tubular style frame is our recommended frame for floating docks as the tubular frames are ideal for positioning the deck as close to the water’s surface as possible, approximately 12″. The tubular framing measures 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ x 1/8″ and is made from marine grade aluminum. The tubular floating docks use galvanized steel brackets to securely mount the 24″x48″ rectangular foam filled dock floats. Galvanized steel hinges are used to connect the 8′ long frames end to end or perpendicularly. The 4’x8′ tubular frames can be directly fastened together parallel to one another to create an 8′ wide floating pier or just about any other configuration imaginable.
The classic Patriot Truss Frame has been used in floating applications since it’s inception and works very well as a lightweight floating pier! Great for anyone who needs to move their floating dock in or out with changing water levels. The truss frame sits atop the rectangular floats, positioning the deck approximately 20″ above the surface of the water.
Post Brackets are commonly used for piling sleeves in conjunction with 1-1/2″ schedule 40 pipe and auger base. Patriot offers a floating hinge kit, allowing for articulation between floating dock sections. The floating hinge is required between a stationary dock or seawall and the floating unit. The Patriot Shore Ramp can also be used between stationary and floating sections, between two floating sections or as a gangway approach. Patriot offers practical accessories to compliment the dock.
Both the aluminum Tubular Frame and aluminum Truss Frame docks are excellent DIY projects! The aluminum truss frames are modular and bolt together to create the desired configuration. Most decking options are prefabricated into 4′ x 4′ drop in panels. Decking is offered in brown or gray aluminum, poly and western red cedar.