Our Pricing: How Much Does a Quality Riprap Shoreline Cost?
If you like to skim, let us save you some reading: a durable riprap shoreline that doesn’t erode isn’t cheap, and our consultations are not free. You do not need to be “rich” to get the toughest riprap shoreline money can buy, but you will need to pay for the engineering and craftsmanship it requires. If you’d like detail, please read this whole page.
You’d be surprised at how complex a rock-solid shoreline is. Even a straightforward riprap shoreline isn’t cheap, if you want it built to last. It requires specialized materials, large and heavy equipment, and a crew of experienced specialists – for starters. Doing it right has a baseline cost. But the number of variables may also surprise you – how many factors make one riprap shoreline cost more than another. We must take into account factors like:
- length of the shoreline
- natural or man-made materials in the shoreline that must be removed first
- angle of the slope
- type of soil on the land side
- type of lake-bottom
- trees located very near the edge of the water
- any aquatic weeds
- the difference in elevation between your yard and the water’s edge
- water depth near the shoreline
- muskrats or other furry critters
- vulnerability to ice-heaving
- ease of access to the water for transporting our equipment and materials
- any amenities you want
- your distance from us
And much more. No two shorelines are the same. The variables are endless.
A durable shoreline takes more engineering than you might have assumed, so it also costs more than you might have assumed. If you think you can get your shoreline restored (and have it last) for $10-15K, you’re in for a brief feeling of triumph, followed by disappointment. If you hire a landscaper you’re in for a somewhat longer honeymoon period, but an even more crushing letdown. The landscaper’s work was cheap, but it still cost thousands of dollars, only to crumble or wash away. It will cost you even more to have it all removed and done right.
Everyone loves “Do it once, do it right” craftsmanship, but not everyone budgets for it. If you’re not prepared to invest at least $250 per linear foot of shoreline, we are not your guys. A shoreline cannot be riprapped right and built to last for anything less than that.
In general, a standard rock-solid riprap shoreline built by experienced specialists will run you an absolute minimum of $250 per linear foot, and in some cases as much as $700 a linear foot. We realize that’s a big swing in range of cost, but (again) many variables swirl around any given shoreline. If the cost sounds high, we’d rather shock you now than shock you later.
I hate to talk about “averages,” because that can set the wrong expectations. But if there is such a thing, the average 100-foot shoreline – with easy access for equipment, no ice-heaving issues, and no existing rock to remove – tends to run about $300 per linear foot of shoreline. Drop the length down to 50 feet of shoreline and the average cost jumps to around $400 per linear foot. Of course, you may not have an “average” shoreline. Or you may have a shoreline that seems unique and uniquely difficult to you, but to us isn’t too tough.
You don’t need to be “loaded” to afford the best shoreline built by humans. The best shoreline is the shoreline built right. Whether you add non-essential bells and whistles is up to you. You might be surprised at how of our customers don’t live in castles surrounded by moats. Despite our shorelines’ unequaled beauty, they aren’t Veblen goods. People pick our shorelines because they’re the toughest made. Quality pays for itself…over time.
There is one unavoidable up-front cost. That leads me to our next point:
Our consultations are not free. That’s because we don’t just walk around for a few minutes, kick the rocks, and grunt out a quote. (We agree that consultations should be free when that’s all a company does.)
Our consultations are a chunk of work on our part. We study the photos you send us, often drive a good distance, assess your shoreline and property with trained eyes (often taking aerial photos while on-site), and give you recommendations that can make your shoreline stronger and better-looking even if you don’t choose us.
We provide you with a very detailed written quote in just a day or two. Of course, if you do choose Lakeshore Guys®, we count the cost of the consultation toward the total for your restored shoreline.
So to build a riprap shoreline right seems expensive. That’s the bad news.
Now, if we haven’t scared you off, we’ve got some good news for you: With us the price is the only “catch.” Every coin has two sides, and everything in life is a trade-off. With a Lakeshore Guys® shoreline, the cost is the only flipside to what you get: a shoreline that resists erosion and ice damage, and that makes your shoreline property look the way you always wanted. The price only seems high. For the unequaled quality you’re getting, the price is low.
Your other options – also trade-offs – are worse. You can hire a landscaper or general contractor (or a series of them) for nice and cheap and have your shoreline look like this before it falls into the water. Or you can do nothing and hope that Mother Nature doesn’t wash away too much more shoreline that you’ll still have to pay taxes on (even when it’s underwater and has become government property).
The other bit of good news is the cost seems bigger before you see your new shoreline. If past experience is any indicator, your only gripe with your Lakeshore Guys® shoreline will be that you didn’t get it sooner.
Contact Lakeshore Guys® today to get the only shoreline that makes the cost seem small.