Understanding A Few Common Dock Piling Materials

16 December 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have a small lake or pond on your property and want to build a dock, then your best option is to work with a dock construction company. This business will help you with not only the installation but the design part of the process as well. During the designing of the dock, you can work with the business to decide on the best pilings. If you want to know more about a few of your options, keep reading.

Wood Pilings

Wood pilings are your typical and common pilings and you will often have a variety of options when it comes to the wood. If you are trying to stick to a budget, then it is your best option to go with standard treated wood pilings. These are the wood beams that you see being used to construct telephone poles, and pine is often used for these beams. Sometimes fir trees will be made into the pilings as well. These woods are then covered in a protective coating typically made from polymer materials. Wood pilings are long lasting and they can retain a great deal of wear and tear. They are also ideal for both marine and freshwater applications. 

If you want something besides your standard pilings, then you do have some choices beyond fir and pine. These include rainforest woods like greenheart. Greenheart wood is able to withstand more wear and tear than other types of wood. It is naturally resistant to pest and rot damage, and it can flex and bend under stress. Also, the wood can withstand a great deal of water erosion without showing any signs of direct degradation. For this reason, the pilings need very little maintenance, but they are quite a bit more expensive than your standard pilings.


If you live in an area that sees strong winds or hurricanes, then wood pilings simply may not stand up to the stress. In this scenario, it is wise to consider fiberglass pilings instead of wood ones. These pilings are more expensive than wood options, but they can last decades without the need for replacement or repair. They can be used in extremely large dock constructions as well where added strength is needed.

Since fiberglass is not an organic material, it is impervious to rot and will not develop mold or mildew. Also, the materials absorb shock and energy in a way that wood cannot. And, since the material is lightweight, large machinery may not be required during the installation to move the pilings around. 

If you want to know more about docks and the different kinds of pilings that can be used to construct one, speak with a dock construction company