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Old 09-29-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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So we just bought a home in Venice. We need a new roof in the lanai and need recommendations for a good company. The roof is leaking really bad and all roof beams need to be replaced. We are hoping to extend the size as well. Next question is a new dock. We own a deed across the street that had a dock but collapsed. We are looking for a price range to replace. Our deed is zoned for 9ft seawall, slip 13 ft., boat can go beyond. The seawall is also falling in slightly as well. Currently our old dock is in the water and need to be pulled out. I'm wondering if it would be better to put a floating dock since it seems most of the docks in the neighborhood get damaged and eventually collapse in. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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You are not going to believe the process you must endure with installing new, modify, rebuild, remove, replace anything involving 'tidal water' and the costs. Many permits, many plans, many inspections. Many 'you must do this, no you can't do that'. Make sure you hire a contractor that specializes in sea walls, docks to get you through the bureaucratic process.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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A 13ft straight dock, say 4ft wide, all wood decking, will likely run you $3-4,000, assuming you need new pilings as well. A concrete floating dock will be much more, but well worth it if you can afford it!!! Make sure you have the PVC wrap installed on the new pilings. It will extend the life of them by keeping out most of the wood-boring worms. It's usually $25-30 per piling
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Curious; what is a pvc wrap for wood pilings?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Curious; what is a pvc wrap for wood pilings?
Just what it says. It's black PVC plastic sheeting on a roll that is wrapped once around the piling and stapled in place, from about a foot above high tide level down to the bottom. It helps prevent the worms from gaining easy access to the piling. The worms are what slowly eat away at the piling. Barnacles will still adhere to the plastic, but they're harmless and attract fish.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Thanks for the explanation. I had never heard of it before.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Thanks for the explanation. I had never heard of it before.
Many dock pilings you see out there today have this black wrapping. My dock builder wanted like $30/ea, so I bought the material myself ($75) and did it in 2 hours (16 pilings)
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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There is a list of roofing and marine construction contractors on the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association web site. Many of them do cover Venice. Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association - CDBIA
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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Duncan Seawall out of Sarasota

Custom Dock and Davit out of Sarasota

Not sure if you are allowed to do a floating dock. They will know.

You can make your dock higher than required to avoid the heavy current doing damage during storms. That's when the damage occurs...when a storm comes in and the water rises just above everyone's docks and the current is fast. After those storms you can see portions of docks floating by for several days. The high water and fast current pops the boards out. Such an event usually happens once per year or so . Doesn't have to be a hurricane. It can be a tropical storm or depression that is 100 miles offshore.
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