3 Considerations for Installing Pontoons

Whether you're planning a water-related summer tourist business or are looking for a commercial waterway solution, at some point you're going to need to get things from the land onto the water, and need to know the most effective and cost efficient way of doing so. Pontoons and jetties are the answer. However, there are lots of different options available on the market, and this is both good and bad for those looking to construct a solution.

A good place to start when thinking about the solution you'll buy is your local waterway. Take a look at the different businesses operating and the type of pontoons they have opted for. From there, you can get an idea of what similar businesses to your own are buying. If purchasing for a residential property, ask your neighborhood to see what factors might be particularly important in your area. 

Who will be using it?

Different pontoons and jetties will be built for different purposes, so a simple initial consideration is the type of wear and tear the pontoon will take. If you're going to have rowing crews carrying heavy boots, tourist groups and commercial fishermen going up and down it all day, you're going to want to consider a robust and durable pontoon material. On the other hand, if you're buying for your summer home and the pontoon will only be used for a few months a year, then you could opt for a less durable solution, as it won't take the same stress as other pontoons.

Floating or fixed

This consideration is especially important for those on tidal waterways. A floating pontoon will move up and down with the tide, meaning you always have easy access into the water. If you're building onto a river however, this is a less important consideration, and fixed pontoons will not put you at a disadvantage. While jetties will be fixed, you will need to take advice about how high to build a jetty to make sure it is easily usable but won't flood when sudden rainfall makes the river swell. 

In-and-out or with space for activities

Pontoons can be used for much more than just shepherding people onto a boat. Commercial tourist boats will often need people to queue on the pontoon to have their tickets checked and prevent them from blocking up paths along the water. Those investing in residential pontoons or jetties may also want to use the space for sunbathing or waterside entertaining. Make sure you tell your contractor exactly what you want, and they will be able to advise on how you can make the most of your space.