Below you’ll find some very helpful hints and money saving tips to help you find the most accurate modular dock pricing. Of course, if you simply want a price on a PolyDock modular floating dock system or wave runner port you can quickly get one by either contacting a PolyDock Products dealer so that they can give you the most accurate and complete price quote available by including any additional services that you’ll need including assembly, or installation, or you can use our dock builder to draw your dock system and add any drive on jet ski ports, and accessories and then request a free, no obligation quote, or you can use our modular dock pricing guidelines below to help you make sense of what exactly your price quote means, regardless of where you received it.
Understanding How Manufacturers Price Their Modular Dock Systems
We suggest that you use the modular dock pricing guidelines below to help you get a good feel for the true “total value” or “real modular dock pricing” you are receiving when comparing modular dock price quotes this season. No matter which brand you buy, make sure that you are comfortable with your purchase decision, and that the other components of value – things like safety, stability, durability, and aesthetics, have also been considered before you plop down your hard-earned cash for a new modular dock.
Modular Dock Pricing – Size Really Does Matter
The Modular Dock Section Size Paradox
As a consumer, you should always ask about the true dock section sizes and never trust that the published description sizes are in fact the actual dock section sizes. Some manufacturers hide their higher square foot pricing by using modular dock section description sizes that are larger than the actual dock section sizes. If you calculate your costs for this manufacturer’s dock sections based on the dock section square footage, and you took the manufacturer’s description size at face value, it looks like you’re getting a better square foot price than you actually are, and for many unsuspecting new modular dock owners, this is were they are literally throwing their money away.
For instance, one modular dock manufacturer lists the description for one of their dock sections as 60 x 10. Most consumers believe this to be a 5′ x 10′ modular dock section size, and naturally they would assume they are getting a dock section with 50 square feet (based on the total section size). In reality, this manufacturer’s real dock section size is is closer to 4′ 9″ x 9′ 9″. This means the actual square footage of the dock section is really only 46.3125 square feet. When you add it up across multiple dock sections that are used to create a complete modular dock system, this creates a huge difference between the real value and the perceived value that you are getting for you modular dock system price.
For instance, based on the information above, let’s assume that the price for this manufacturer’s “60 x 10” modular dock section is $1000. To be fair, this price is a bit on the low side, but it makes the math that much easier to comprehend.
Let’s say you are looking purchasing a modular dock system and want your dock width to be around 5′. So you are comparing 3 different dock brand’s pricing for their 5′ x 10′ modular dock sections. To give you a true idea of how modular dock manufacturer’s describe and price their dock sections, let’s just assume, for the sake of comparison, that all 3 brand’s were priced out at $1000 / per section. This will show you exactly why it is so important to use the “true square foot” or actual square foot comparisons for each dock section between each modular dock brand you are comparing. Take a look at the example chart below:
What we really want you to know is that you can use the “true square foot price” to get a really good apples-to-apples comparison for each dock system quote you receive this season. In fact, the “true square foot” price analysis may be the only way to quickly and easily compare modular dock prices. Simply sum up the total price quoted for the complete dock system including any connectors, and all accessories, but make sure to subtract any freight, assembly, installation, etc. so you are just comparing the dock system. Your dealer should easily be able to itemize your quote this way if they truly want you to understand what kind of value you’ll receiving for your purchase. Then, simply determine the “true square footage” of each dock section (remember to use the actual square footage and not the published description sizes per section), next, multiply the “true square footage” by the total number of dock sections in your quote to get your modular dock system’s actual “true total square footage”. Then simply divide the total true square footage of the dock system by the quoted price. This will quickly get you as close to a true side-by-side comparison as is possible.
Try the handy Modular Dock Price Comparison Worksheet below to help you keep track of, and compare, the modular dock price quotes you receive while researching your new modular dock system.