It is not safe for people to swim in any body of water without a ladder or ground-leveling boundary of some kind. Dock ladders provide that safety as they take out the potentially life-threatening work out of climbing in and out of bodies of water. The ladders are especially essential for small children and those who don’t have good swimming skills. Jumping into unfamiliar waters is also very dangerous and a ladder often means the difference of reducing the risk of associated injuries.

Whichever style of dock ladders the consumer chooses, it needs to fit the body of water’s structure and height. A set made out of aluminum is usually best. Aluminum ladders are very sturdy and can take up to 500 pounds of a load. Aluminum also makes the ladder slip resistant. They also don’t break down in heavy chlorine or saltwater. They should be 12 inches apart with two inch rungs to make climbing in and out of even sea walls very easy. They are also great for fluctuating water boundaries.

If marine growth is an issue, a retractable ladder is best. The ladder needs to be placed so that it’s retraction line stays completely above the water line at all times.

For those who are planning to be seasonal or occasional with swimming, or are planning to use the ladder for multiple purposes, a swing ladder may be best. They have quick release pins that secure them in place.

When in doubt, a stationary ladder is recommended. The rungs vary from three to six and they come with sturdy handrails. The stationary is ideal for just about any body of water and for basic safety in climbing in and out of water. However, one disadvantage is that it’s not ideal for multiple purpose use. However, it is very ideal for everything from pools to boats. As a result, it is especially ideal for those who have hobbies that involve boating or fishing. It is also ideal for those who have marine-related careers.

A Word about Dock Boxes

Dock box material needs to follow local marina regulations. The most common are fiberglass, wood, and polyethylene. However, the very latter tends to lose durability and fade overtime so many marinas are now doing away with them. There have also been a lot of complaints about polyethylene making the docks look rather cheap. They also require assembly on site, which unnecessarily adds on to the labor costs.

Wooden boxes have been found not to be super-adaptive, either. No matter how well they’re put together, they’re not water-proof. They are also not rodent-or termite-proof. Wood also tends to corrode under constant water overtime, making it both unsightly and unsafe. Annual re-finishing and sanding also adds to the costs.

Fiberglass is still considered to be one of the best. It is very durable and the best at lasting long-term with ultra-violet gel coat finishes. They have been found to be some of the best at standing up to even the most severe of marine conditions. Experts are also saying that they are expected to withstand climate change effects.

Safety is the top concern for those who have careers or hobbies involving the marines. Ladders and dock boxes made out of long-lasting and sturdy material help to preserve that safety for the longest periods of time possible. However, investing in the material that best fits the specific need is ideal. Some of those needs are expected to change when the effects climate change take over. As a result, investing in the best material is more essential than ever now.