Questions and Answers

Q: What is a pontoon? PONTOON (pon·​toon | pän-ˈtün) is: " ... a portable float used in building a floating temporary bridge". Ufloat designs and manufactures portable plastic pontoons. 

Q: Why choose Ufloat? All our products are fun to use and very easy to assemble. Our party barges with 10m2 of deck can be built in a couple of hours, provided all the parts are at hand. 

Q: Does Ufloat Party Barge handle well on water? You need to try it out to see for yourself, but it is very easy to steer, what sets it apart from any other product we have seen on the market is how little propulsion is needed to move it. 

Q: What's so "original" about Ufloat design?
As experienced plastic molders we knew how to tweak the design so that the wall thickness of the pontoons is uniform where it matters! We also have the expertise to mold the screw channels used for fastening the pontoon to the deck. 
All Ufloat products are optimised for transport, from full-truck deliveries to our distributors to single order shipments to our clients. 
All parts needed to add frame and deck to our pontoons are readily available at the nearest hardware store. That's right - there are no hocus-pocus custom parts needed, which means significant savings for you. 

Q: In which countries are your products available? We ship to most countries in the continental European Union, shipping charges are calculated at check-out.

Q: How long is the delivery time? We keep stock at all times in order to ensure quick processing and dispatch of orders. Usually we hand the order to our shipping partners within 3 working days of placing order.

Q: Why do you not sell complete sets, including deck? We believe that each one should do what he or she is best at. We are best at molding plastics and coming up with new designs for our products. We are working on DIY kit, please subscribe to our newsletter in case you want to be the first to find out when it becomes available!

Q: What is the plastic used in your pontoons? Ufloat pontoons are made from polyethylene, a polymer material which is lightweight, has very good impact properties and can be fully recycled.

Q: What is "UV protection"? Without special additives plastic materials degrade and become brittle, even crack, if exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period. We only use materials that are UV stabilised (protected) to UV Class 6 or higher to ensure longevity of our products. UV Class 6 can be explained as "6000 hours in Arizona sun". Pontoons welded from pipe have no UV protection, as there is no exposure to sunlight after installation in the ground, therefore no need to spend money on expensive additives. Its a different story when the pipe remains exposed to sunlight.

Q: Why Ufloat pontoons are not filled with EPS (expanded polystyrene, "frigolit")? EPS, as a filler material, is used in plastic pontoons mainly for the following reasons: to ensure temporary buoyancy if the pontoon is damaged and to keep the pontoon in shape.
We do not use EPS because it is hygroscopic (draws in moisture). If the pontoon is damaged it is impossible to repair the crack. Our pontoons are designed so that they keep shape without filler.

Q: Why then you offer to fill pontoons with hard PUR foam filler as an option? Even though our pontoons are strong enough we care for our customers, and if an extra safety factor is required we are pleased to assist. Closed-cell PUR does not draw in moisture.  We use top quality PUR from reputable suppliers, such as Bayer. 

Q: Why pay for custom molded product when I can buy pontoons made from pipe? Great question. Provided UV protection is in place and you get a great deal on pipe - why not indeed? Just bear in mind that the volume of air in the pipe needs to be divided by 2 to estimate buoyancy. You should also consider the extra work required to fit the pipes underneath your platform or walkway. Also, should the pipe fail you have only one cavity per pontoon, not multiple watertight sections.