Bought one of these last fall to replace our old wooden floater we had for almost 20 years. Was a little skeptical and unsure about going with plastic, but the wife was really pushing for it because of the low maintenance advertised. Having lost countless hours of my life sanding, sealing and all that, I eventually gave in. We went with the 20 x 20 and it has been great. Beside hosing it down and scrubbing off the occasional bird droppings, I haven't had to touch it. Great product.
I found out about these from a neighbor and my wife and I were looking to do something for our pond. We priced out building a wooden dock as well as something metal. The wood route was definitely the cheapest, but once we started thinking about the maintenance side of things we began to reconsider. Afterall we were looking to get something for the kids, and the thought of splinters and rusty nails was a huge snag. Next on the list was metal, which was actually priced higher per square foot than the 11 ft. X 11 ft. platform that we found on overstock. We got the quote from a local dock builder and were told that the material was aluminum which would hold up better than wood. However we thought about the fact that our kids weren't going to be wearing shoes when using the swim platform and knowing how hot our summers can get the idea of the sun baking down on the metal didn't sit too well with either of us. We decided to give the dock blocks a shot and I can honestly say we have been thrilled about the purchase. We were able to put them together in little over an hour and our kids were jumping off the thing the same day! So far I have only had to hose them down and scrub them on the sides and they look just like they did the day they were delivered. I am already thinking about adding another row for the spring.
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