Frequently Ask Questions about Galv-A-Dock

What sets Galv-a-Dock apart from other docks?

  • • Most durable, stable, and portable modular dock system available. It's able to moor boats under a covered slip, while floating in the water. Galv-A-Dock has withstood the weather’s severest high-winds to date, with absolutely no dock damage. At Waterfront Specialties, history has shown us that a Galv-A-Dock properly designed and installed will still be standing when the trees and home may be severely damaged.

  • • Galv-A-Dock can be installed in water depths up to 12' and still be able to moor boats tied to the dock. Galv-A-Dock is a high strength steel modular dock that allows for above-water method of installation. The brackets design, along with the double strength galvanized pipe, is the key to what differentiates the Galv-A-Dock steel-framework dock, from other docks that use standard schedule 40 pipe. The strength of the bracket is what keeps the vertical double strength pipe at right angles to the horizontal framework double strength pipe. This in turn gives the steel-framework dock an unequalled rigidity, with nearly any kind of bottom condition, with water depths up to 12', while still be able to moor boats tied to the dock.

  • • If shorelines on a steep grade or the customers concerned about what they see in the winter, Galv-A-Dock product can stack on a hill and take less room than other docks of the same size.

  • • Galv-A-Dock parts will allow for the dock to be installed faster, straighter, more stable while the dock installers will be rewarded with the best dock installation. The majority of the docks produced today are made with aluminum that has not stood up to high wind storms, because of the aluminum metal being of inferior strength. With just the above information, will allow for your customer that purchase Galv-A-Dock to be confident that:

  • Q. Are all the dock components maintenance free?

    A. Yes, not only is maintenance free, we have gone a step further to have all of the Galv-A-Dock fasteners finished with a longer lasting finish, along with most set screws have a lubricant that outlast what all other dock companies offer. An on-going season after season of easy adjustability will make allow the dock installers an easier and faster time frame of each customer installation and removal.

    Q. If so what would I expect as to the timeframe that the dock would last?

    A. As to the dock product itself, the modular plastic decks will last 20+ years, the steel with the hot dip galvanize finish will last over 30 years, including the boathouse and the various options. The exception is the boathouse vinyls that are about a 12 year lifetime.

    Q. What are the limitations with Galv-A-Dock regarding depth of water?

    A. With our standard dock height above the water and the ground being of sand, rocks, or clay, we have installation in as deep as 12' of water and can be installed in as deep as 15' of water depending on the dock installer ability to handle 21' vertical pipes. Keep in mind that if the ground surface is soft/muddy you’ll need to determine the depth of the mud, along with the water depth, to determine the vertical pipe lengths.

    Q. Can Galv-A-Dock being a stationary dock be installed in where the lake bottom is muddy?

    A. Yes, in most applications we find mud from 6" depth to 30" of depth which will make the removal a tad bit slower, yet will still be able to remove the dock in a time frame that will work. Greater than 30" of the soft ground, needs to be determined what is the depth of the mud and share that with the dock experts at Waterfront Specialties.

    Q. How easily can Galv-A-Dock be raised to accommodate rising water elevation?

    A. Each vertical pipe sleeve of the dock bracket, has one 1/2" square head set screw that needs to be loosened. Using either the Galv-A-Dock leveling jack service tool or a come-along, each section can be raised and retightened in less than 5 minutes.

    Q. As to the dock installation or removal, is there a user friendly process for our service crews?

    A. Yes, to start with we use a floatation device that locks to the steel frame while being installed and removed. There is a routine process to do the installation without even getting your hands wet, since all of the dock installers work is at least 8" above the water. Waterfront does have a detailed installation video for those whom would like to learn how the dock is to be installed and removed, all done above the water, staying high and dry. Also Waterfront Specialties has designed the dock to use lighter weight steel, with higher carbon to reduce the handling weight by 20% over conventional steel. As to the modular plastic decks, Waterfront has built in to the decks a centered shoulder support and carrying handles on each deck end for those who tag team carrying the 8' decks.

    Q. Does the Galv-A-Dock take much room on the shore to store the dock in the off season?

    A. No, it will require 3 to 4 blocks of space with all but one being relatively close to the ground, little to know loss of view. The 3 various areas will require different size, with the largest being 5' by 18'.

    Q. With some of the dock installations being on a steep slope, space is a major concern as well as not disturbing the landscaping.

    A. With the metal being all steel makes it easy for stacking on an incline, as to the plastic decks will require an area of 4' x 8' on level ground or the ability to install a portable rack of dock components for storing the decks. Waterfront does offer a deck cover for keeping the decks contained with-in the rack, not required, just helpful to the dock installers as well as a peace of mind for the Galv-A-Dock owner that the decks are secure on there shoreline.

    Q. With most docks being offered today are made with Aluminum metal, that is brighter in appearance and also lighter, why would I as a dealer want to offer a dock system that is all galvanize steel?

    A. Because of the 50+ years of proven success of the Galv-A-Dock system has withstood every storm for Galv-A-Dock customers to date, because of the added strength, from the high strength steel has over aluminum metal.

    Q. Does the dock system allow for reconfiguration and or additions, with-out additional cost up and above the product needed for the addition?

    A. Yes, being a modular system, allows for the individual parts to be relocated at different locations on the new dock. With our state of the art "Design a Dock" software program, we can configure in-house as to what is exactly needed once we are aware of the water depths and if the dock is going out further. Once you as a dealer have the experience with our web base "Design a Dock" software you will be able to do the design in house along with assistance from Waterfront Specialties tech support if needed.

    Q. How long has Galv-A-Dock been manufactured and sold?

    A. The prototype was manufactured, installed and tested for 2 years, before our first year of offering the Galv-A-Dock product to the public in 1970.

    Q. What does the warranty cover and how long?

    A. The warranty cover 100% of the dock product from workmanship failure for 10 years from the date of the initial installation, and can be passed on to a new homeowner where the Galv-A-Dock is at the same location, provided the dock is removed seasonally by a certified installer or the customers themselves. If the home does change hands, Waterfront does need a letter with the new owner's information and a copy of the original invoice from the dealer it was purchased from with in the first year of the home changed ownership. Also Waterfront Specialties needs pictures of the current installation and who has done the previous installation and removals, and who the new owner is planning to have the dock installed and removed with.