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Whether your waterfront property sits on the Gulf of Mexico, a bay, river, bayou, or lake, Dale’s Marine can help you design the perfect pier and/or dock, so that you can further enjoy the water. As experts in pier construction, Dale’s Marine takes special care to build piers and docks with materials that suit environmental conditions, while staying within budget for our customers.

We use alternative decking materials such as TimberTech® composite decking and ThruFlow™ plastic grated decking to maintain our environmental mission and to meet the weather challenges faced by a Florida, boat dock builder.

TimberTech® is a composite of recycled cedar wood and plastic polyethylene that lasts two to three times longer than traditional decking materials. It does not require sealing, staining or treating, and is easy to clean.

ThruFlow™ decking is maintenance free and allows the water to come through the deck during a storm surge event to help prevent damage to the dock. Furthermore, we ONLY use stainless steel screws to fasten our decking. Following Hurricane Sally in the fall of 2020, many customers praised ThruFlow™ decking and its durability and mentioned how grateful they were that they installed it. One customer stated, “It was more expensive up front, but well worth the price!”

Furthermore, we also promote ½” spacing between all deck boards to ensure sunlight will radiate to the underwater growth communities and allow water to come between deck boards during a storm surge.

Contact us for a free estimate to get your pier or dock started.


One of our most popular projects is creating the perfect pier or dock for our clients. At Dale’s Marine Construction, we take pride in making sure that each customer is able to enjoy their waterfront property via their dream pier or dock.

  • Customer-focused designs
  • Use of material to best suit environmental conditions
  • High quality and durable structures
  • TimberTech® Composite Decking
  • ThruFlow™ Plastic-Grated Decking
  • Stainless steel screws to fasten decking


  • How big are the pilings that you use and how are they installed?

    Your dock pilings will be a minimum of 8’ in the ground. Many other companies only sink their pilings around 3’-4’ in the ground, resulting in them to pull up completely during a storm. At Dale’s Marine Construction, we install the pilings using a 308 Caterpillar Track-Hoe with a vibratory plate on it; therefore, we are able to vibrate the pilings down rather than just setting them with a jet pump. As further testament to how well our pilings hold up with this method, during Hurricane Sally most all of our pilings survived with zero damage or pull up during the storm.

  • What do you use to fasten the dock materials?

    At Dale’s Marine, we use ZERO nails on any of our projects. All of our docks come standard with 3” stainless steel screws on the decking, and we also use ½” HDG bolts on the cross ties and stringers. Most companies do not bolt everything, but here at DMC, we want your project to be as strong and secure as possible. We continue to use HDG bolts as our standard because we find them to be stronger than the stainless steel and the life span of the HDG bolts is about 15 years. However for an additional charge, you can upgrade to stainless steel bolts.

  • What about decking type - ThruFlow™ or composite? Which one is better?

    At nearly every estimate appointment, we are asked which type of decking we recommend – ThruFlow™ or composite. Much of the choice is based on customer preference. Although we recommend the ThruFlow™ over the composite, some clients do not like the look of ThruFlow™ and prefer composite decking. For the slight price difference between the two, we say choose the ThruFlow™, which will give you a greater peace of mind during a surge event. Additionally, composite tends to get a lot hotter than the ThruFlow™, so while we understand the pros and cons of both, we would personally choose the ThruFlow™.