My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Whether you are building a dock, seawall or boathouse, wood is an affordable material to use. Some materials perform better than others in a marine environment do. You may have heard a lot about tropical lumber, but domestic species can be just as good or better. Oak is a good example of a domestic wood species that can be a great choice for wood features in marine construction. Here are some things that you will want to know about using oak for your marine construction project:
1. Using Oak Decking On Dock Areas
The dock structures that you use can be made out of many different materials. You may want to use concrete or steel to give you a durable structure for the moist environment, but if you still want to have the appearance of wood, you can use oak for the decking on it. The oak will be a material that is naturally resistant to insects and fungus, which makes it ideal for decking on docks. It also has a very attractive grain appearance and will only need to have a light oil finish protecting it.
2. Oak Beams For Wood Features On Seawalls
If you need to have seawalls installed, oak can be a great material to use on the upper sections of the wall. Any of the wall that will be submerged completely, you may want to use a different material like concrete to give you a durable foundation. Oak can be used for the upper sections and any wood details that you want to have on your seawall. It can be the cap of the wall, which you can get oak beams to create these features.
3. Using Oak For Marine Railings, Seating And Architectural Details
Oak can also be a great material to use for things like railings, seating and planters on your marine structures. It is a great looking material that can also be combined with other materials, such as glass. Glass railings could be encased in an oak frame and finished with a top cap of oak. Seating can also be made with metal frames and oak slats used to make up the finished part of a bench or chair. You can also use oak for things like architectural details, such as structural brackets on a boathouse or features on a dock.
These are some things that you may want to know about using oak for your marine construction project. If you need help with building your dock or seawall and using oak lumber, contact a marine construction contractor like Abbott's Construction Services Inc. and ask them how they can help you.