When you buy waterfront property, a pier will enhance both access to the water and the property's aesthetic value. You can choose among strut, cable and piled pontoons. A strut pontoon is an excellent choice for areas with steep terrain or where piles cannot be put in. It includes a walkway, the strut arm and cable braces. The gangway is fixed into a concrete foundation so that it doesn't move around. Your strut pontoon is meant to float on water, so the cable braces are placed in an X shape to attach it to land. There are several factors to consider when choosing the location of your strut pontoon. Here are three environmental factors to consider when locating your pier.
Average water level
Find out what the average water level at the location is. Your pontoon would be useless to you if it is underwater all the time. The water level is continuously fluctuating. The water level rises when it rains and reduces during the dry season. Winds and the seasons determine the water level of the ocean. This information is readily available online. You can also observe the tides to gauge the average water level. If your property is inland and the information is not available online, talk to the locals.
Water depth from the coastline
When choosing the location of your pier, consider the depth of the water from the shoreline. It should be deep enough for mooring your boat. You should also be able to dive into the water without worrying about hitting your head on rocks. If the depth of the coastline is too low, then you will have to construct a very long walkway. The costs of this could be astronomical as you will require more materials and time.
If your property is on the oceanfront, you need to think about the wind. The stronger the wind, the stronger and higher the waves. Strong winds can easily damage your deck. Find out wind direction and strength during all times of the year in your area. If the winds are powerful, build your deck where a reef will act as a windbreak. You don't have to worry about the wind if your property is inland.
Suitable pontoons are a great addition to your property. They provide a point of contact between you and the water.