How long will it take to get our new Empire Ez Dock?
Empire Ez Dock products are in-stock at our local distributors / dealers and ready to be delivered. Most docks can be delivered and installed right away so you can begin enjoying them immediately.
Can the dock be installed, or will I have to do it myself?
Our distributors / dealers can deliver and install your dock for you. You can also install it yourself. Most docks can be installed in a day with just you and a helper.
What special tools are required to install Empire Ez Dock?
An in-water coupler installation tool and a coupler nut tool are the only special tools required to assemble the Empire Ez Dock sections. A hammer, ratchet, 15/16” wrench or socket, and a Phillips head screwdriver are also needed.
How hot to the touch does Empire Ez Dock get in the summer?
The light color of Empire Ez Dock helps keep the dock surfaces cooler than just about any other dock surface available.
What about Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) exposure in the sun?
Empire Ez Dock uses UV-16-stabilized raw materials in all of its products so they remain truly tough under the sun and have a longer useful lifetime. Products not using a UV stabilizer may crack and even disintegrate prematurely. UV stabilizers act in ways similar to how sunscreens protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The UV-16 rating means that the product contains additives that will protect the dock material from serious UV degradation when exposed to approximately 8 years of brutal Florida sunlight when tested under ASTM methods. Empire Ez Dock also produces an extremely thick product (3/8” average thickness with 1950 psi puncture strength).
How much maintenance can I expect with my Empire Ez Dock?
Empire Ez Dock will provide a long-life of relatively maintenance-free enjoyment. Normally a good rain from Mother Nature is all that is required to keep the dock clean. A wash with soap and water or pressure washer from time to time may be needed to keep the dock looking new.
What about anchoring my Empire Ez Dock?
Empire Ez Dock offers several anchoring options to keep your floating dock secure in any conditions. Pipes, deadweight anchors, piling brackets, and stiff arms are among the anchoring options available to you. Empire Ez Dock offers anchoring hardware to accommodate both freshwater and saltwater situations.
Are dock surfaces slick when they are wet?
The Empire Ez Dock surfaces have a non-skid texture molded into the dock sections. The docks also have grooves to channel the water away. These two features work together to provide slip-resistant footing, even when the surfaces are wet.
Will it damage the finish on my boat or personal watercraft?
Empire Ez Dock is manufactured from low-density polyethylene that will not damage the finish on any boat or PWC. Accessory features like bumpers and edging are also available.
What about a gangway from the shore to the Empire Ez Dock?
Empire Ez Dock offers various gangway options including hardware kits that allow you to build your own wooden gangway with 2” x 12” boards (not included); polyethylene gangways up to 18’; and various aluminum gangways.
What is the freeboard height for Empire Ez Dock?
Dock sections are 15” high and relatively light weight so they only draft approximately 1 ½”- 2” of water resulting in a nice 13” – 13 ½” freeboard height.
What about the environment?
Empire Ez Dock is made to be an environmentally friendly product that you can put on the water. Our dock sections do not rust, splinter, dissolve, or have any paint or chemicals that can leach out and harm the environment. In addition, Empire Ez Dock couplers are made of rubber from recycled tires!
Why should I buy Empire Ez Dock instead of a traditional floating dock?
Empire Ez Dock is a very rugged and durable product that provides excellent long term value compared to traditional docks because:
Durable & Low Maintenance – Empire Ez Dock sections are made out of Linear Low Density Polyethylene which provides excellent durability and low maintenance versus traditional floating docks. It is nearly maintenance free so you never have to worry about boards splitting, splinters, nails, screws, staining, etc.
Stability – Empire Ez Dock is designed to have a series of open pylons on the bottom that create a vacuum between the dock to the water. The vacuum is responsible for the stable feeling you get when you walk on Empire Ez Dock. Traditional floating docks have floatation under approximately 50-60% of the walking surface thus it gives a barrel and roll effect every time a wave or wake passes under a float.
Modular – Empire Ez Dock has various size dock sections that have uniformly spaced coupler pockets every ~20” around the perimeter. The sections can easily assembled into various configurations using dog-boned shaped recycled rubber couplers. The modularity allows Empire Ez Dock to be easily reconfigured or added on to in the future.
Coupler System – The recycled rubber couplers used to connect the Empire Ez Dock Sections have 4000 lbs. shear strength and provide a stable yet flexible connection between the sections. When strong wave action is present, the couplers absorb the shock rather than the dock sections. If the wave action becomes too severe the couplers are designed to break before the plastic dock section so that the repair is replacing a coupler(s) rather than large dock sections. Traditional floating docks are assembled with floatation attached to a rigid frame and decking on top. The sections are typically assembled with bolts, nuts, screws, nails, etc. This design doesn’t allow for flexibility or shock absorption and can be severely damaged when exposed to strong wave action.
Support – Empire Ez Dock is committed to great customer support long after your dock system is installed. Our expert dealers are ready to work with you to design and deliver the dock that meets your unique needs.