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Floating Dock Cost | Boat Dock Cost Report

Floating dock cost is approximately $21.00 to $61.00 per square foot.
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Updated on April 11, 2022

Floating Dock Cost

We have collected data nationwide to help calculate the average cost of docks in the US. The following are average costs and prices reported back to us:
  • Floating dock cost averages $41.00 per square foot for floating dock (Range: $21.00 - $61.00)

Recent Boat Dock Cost Reports

  • Boat dock cost in Myrtle Beach, SC is $24.00 to $27.00 per square foot for floating dock. Reported by ProMatcher Research Team on April 11, 2022. See the Myrtle Beach Docks Cost Report
  • Boat dock cost in Greenville, SC is $23.00 to $25.00 per square foot for floating dock. Reported by ProMatcher Research Team on April 11, 2022. See the Greenville Docks Cost Report
  • Boat dock cost in Anderson, SC is $23.00 to $26.00 per square foot for floating dock. Reported by ProMatcher Research Team on April 11, 2022. See the Anderson Docks Cost Report
  • Boat dock cost in Clemson, SC is $23.00 to $26.00 per square foot for floating dock. Reported by ProMatcher Research Team on April 11, 2022. See the Clemson Docks Cost Report
  • Boat dock cost in Beaufort, SC is $27.00 to $30.00 per square foot for floating dock. Reported by ProMatcher Research Team on April 11, 2022. See the Beaufort Docks Cost Report
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Boat Dock Cost Considerations

Methods Used to Prepare Dock Cost Estimates

Many dock projects are priced on a per square foot basis. This is a reasonable approach if you are building a simple dock with no stairs, boat house covers, wenches, water, or electricity. Because of these types of variations, it is most likely that the contractor will use a time and materials approach to developing a quote. They will ask what you want to include, and then prepare a quote based on the number of hours it takes to construct the dock and the price of the materials. If you are interested finding out how much it will cost to build a dock in your area, request a price quote.

Reasons for Dock Price Variances

Dock contractors use a combination of methods to evaluate and price projects. They take a number of factors into consideration that impact the cost of the project, including:

  • The type of dock installed (floating vs permanent). Floating docks are typically constructed of modular metal panels. Permanent docks are typically constructed of treated wood. In general, permanent docks are more expensive. However, even though floating docks are generally less expensive to install, it is likely that you may not have a choice as to whether you install a permanent dock if you live in a cold weather climate where the body of water the dock is on freezes in the winter. In such cases, floating docks are often preferred.

  • The type of decking used. Pine is less expensive than composite materials such as Trex.

  • The location of the project. Some cities are more expensive than others.

  • Electricity. Adding electricity to the dock increases the price.

  • Water. Adding water increases the cost.

  • Wenches and lifts. Adding wenches and lifts increases the cost.

  • Covered boat houses. If you add a cover to your dock or boat house, costs will increase.

  • Stairs and seating. Building stairs and seating areas will increase costs.

Questions to Ask Your Dock Contractor

  • Does the contractor have appropriate licensing?

  • Does the contractor have insurance (including workers compensation)?

  • Does the dock project require a permit? If so, will they obtain it on your behalf?

  • What materials will be used (wood, composite, etc.)? Ask for samples of wood materials or decking materials that the contractor proposes to use.

  • What roofing materials are going to be used (asphalt shingles, metal roof)? Request to see a sample of the material that is going to be installed.

  • If a wench or lift is going to be installed, request a name, brand and model number so you can research the quality of the equipment.
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Other Dock Building Cost Resources

  • Kona Dock's Pricing Guide - Kona Dock's 2017-2018 Pricing Guide may be a helpful resource when pricing out different dock options.
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Disclaimer: Costs and prices shown on the ProMatcher site are intended to be used as general information, not as guaranteed estimates. To obtain cost information relevant to your project, request a quote or estimate from a local service provider.