Floating docks require special consideration when it comes to hardware, and pile hoops are an essential component for many marinas and other docking places that include floating facilities. While there are a multitude of different pile hoops available both with and without rollers to ease installation and mounting, materials are an important factor in the decision-making process. While some pile hoops are cheaper, they are often made of materials that are not designed to last in the harsh environment of a dock; galvanized materials and UV-resistant PVC can make a very big difference in the longevity of dock hardware, meaning that although the initial investment may be higher, the long-term cost of maintaining a floating dock is substantially lower.
This pile hoop is designed for the easiest possible installation and mounting, with a 14 ½” interior diameter allowing it to be fastened to a range of pilings up to 14”. It provides long-term stability as well as ease of positioning with a 12” PVC roller mounted on a 1 ¼” diameter shaft. This hardware piece is an important item for connecting a floating dock to driven pipe pilings, to keep the dock structure secure and in place—for this reason, it is vital to use materials that are long-lasting and durable, as well as easy to reposition as needed.
The benefits of a floating dock are readily apparent to anyone who has investigated their use; floating docks maintain a fixed, vertical spatial relationship with the boats and vessels hitched to them, regardless of the water’s elevation. This minimizes the potential for damage to both the dock and the vessel itself by ensuring the least possible opportunity for the vessel to scrape or strike the dock structure in reaction to rising tides or currents. Because of the nature of floating docks, however, the hardware in use presents certain challenges; it must be maneuverable, and it must be durable, because it is much more exposed to the elements.
This pile hoop allows for long-lasting service in the function of keeping a floating dock attached to the much more stable pilings in a particular location; the PVC roller is UV resistant, which means that it will remain functional for many years to come, while the galvanized metal of the part’s body will resist corrosion and rusting in the air, water, salt, and UV rays that frequently wreak havoc on lesser materials. The sturdy design and construction of this pile hoop means that it is less likely to break than other, less stable models.
Floating docks have become a norm for many marinas seeking secure and non-damaging options for diverse vessels. For this reason, hardware for floating docks, such as pile hoops, have become a staple component and supply for marina owners, who seek to make sure that they are able to capably and securely fasten the more convenient floating dock to stable pilings wherever a docking location is needed. These measures make it possible to maximize the space in a marina, since docks not in use can be readily disassembled as needed, and redeployed when demand is higher.
Choose a durable, long-lasting and easy to mount pile hoop to secure floating docks, and the choice will provide lasting value for years to come.