How Ice Can Damage Your Wooden Dock
By: Alumi-Span Docks
Do you think it might be easier to leave your boat dock in the water this winter?
Removing your dock in the fall can be a long, cold, labor-intensive process. It's no fun when all you really want to do is relax on your boat under a warm, sunny sky. There's probably a moment every fall where you wonder "what's the worst that could happen if I leave my dock in the water just this once?"
The worst that could happen is coming back in the spring and finding it severely damaged! Even if it's not visibly damaged, ice, snow, and fluctuating temperatures have almost certainly weakened the wood.
Michigan winters are notoriously unpredictable. We might have a good freeze and inches of snow and then a warm front could move in, melting the snow and thawing the ground. That cycle might repeat a few times throughout the winter.
When a wooden dock is left in the water all winter, that freeze/thaw cycle takes a toll on the integrity of its boards. Wood is like a sponge, absorbing water from its surface and even from the air. That means a wooden dock always has some water in it, even in clear weather.
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