Our Aluminum Boat Dock sections are available in both anodized or non-anodized (raw or mill) aluminum. Sections are available in 3' or 4' wide sections and can be used with H-frame or under dock supports. If you are looking for heavy framed or commercial aluminum docks, please visit our boat dock page for more information on other available systems.
Aluminum dock sections have become a very popular option for lakefronts, rivers and other water conditions due to thier durability, lightweight design and maintenance free qualities. The lightweight design of these sections make them easier to install than wood sections, but they do not float. These sections are rust proof and do not break down under UV rays. We offer sections in both anodized aluminum and non-anodized (mill or raw) options.
Anodized aluminum dock sections offer the same structural design as mill finish sections. However anodized sections go through the process of electrolytic passivation that increases the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of aluminum. This process increases the resistance to corrosion, discoloration, wear, and typically keeps the dock looking "new" for many years with little to no maintenance. Anodized sections stay cooler to the touch than many other decking materials including wood.
The mill finish aluminum dock or non-anodized sections are the less expensive option compared to anodized sections and still offer the same strength and lightweight design. Mill finish sections last for years, but will discolor or tarnish and this discoloring can transfer to both skin or clothing. This is the reason we recommend these sections to be used only as a walking surface and not as a dock that will see bare feet or skin. If you only need a walkway out to your boat lift and the dock will not be used for lounging, this is the dock material for you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about anodized vs. non-anodized dock.