If you are lucky enough to have a home on a lake, you probably also have a dock, and may decide to buy a dock seat. Docks are great for lounging on a beautiful sunny day and launching off on a canoe or motorboat. It's a good idea to have a dock seat installed on your dock to provide a seating area for people when the dock is in use.
So what are the different dock seats that are available? Dock seats are available in a wide variety of different styles. They also come in a number of different materials. The material you choose for your dock seat depends on how much money you're willing to spend and how the dock seat is going to be used. Some choices include wood dock seats and aluminum benches.
Wooden Dock Seats
Wooden benches are very beautiful and can last for many years. Strongly constructed, wood benches provide a good amount of seating for people using the dock. The only issue is that wooden benches will be exposed to a large amount of water when placed on top of a dock. As long as you purchase an outdoor bench, you shouldn't have too many problems using a wood seat on the dock. Outdoor benches are made to withstand the elements, including moisture. Make sure the wood seat you purchase is sealed to withstand water.
Aluminum Dock Seats
This type of outdoor bench is ideal for a dock because it can withstand a lot of water and moisture. Aluminum benches are quite sturdy and provide a good amount of seating in the narrow space provided by a dock.
Of course, an aluminum bench looks quite different from a wooden one. If style is your main concern, you may prefer wood over aluminum, or vice versa. It all depends on personal preference. Wood has a more traditional look, while aluminum may look better alongside a nice new powerboat.
Permanent dock seats are permanently attached to the dock. Although you can't move this type of seat, it provides more safety when in use. If you have children, this may be a better dock seat to install so that you don't have to worry about it moving around or falling into the water. Permanent dock seats also tend to be stronger and more durable.
Portable benches can be moved around and provide a lot of convenience if you want to use the dock seat in more than one setting. Although this type of bench is less safe because it can move around the dock, if you don't have to worry about children falling into the water, this may be an excellent choice. This type of dock seat provides more flexibility because you can move it from place to place depending on where you need seating.