05 Mar A Primer On Wire Deck for Pallet Racks and Other Options As Well
Wire deck for pallet racks is the best thing you can do for your decking option. However, you do have other choices that you could make. A lot of people like to use wood decking because of the cost option. Whatever the case, we will take a look at a few and some of the problems and good reasons to use them.
A lot of people ask if wood decking is good for pallet racks. Is it usable? Yes. Is it recommended, the answer is no. A fire marshall is not going to like to see this used on your pallet rack. The first reason is obvious and that is because wood is much more flammable than steel. If a fire starts on your pallet rack then it is much more likely to spread if you use wood decking. The other thing to think about is that wood is also not as strong as steel. You will have to be very careful in not overloading it because it will break and it will crack. Finally, many wood decking options that are available feature the wood being pushed together into a tight-fitting. It does not seem like a problem but there is a problem when you speak to your inspector. The problem is that the wood will not allow water to pass through very easily. The fact that the sprinkler cannot spray the levels below the wood decking is a problem and that means that you will not be allowed to store your product very high. You could lose a lot of valuable storage real estate with the selection of wood in this state.
An upgrade to this method is the pallet support bars. They are also known as crossbars. Crossbars look similar to 2×4’s but they are made of steel. They stop your local inspector from looking at you disapprovingly if you want to use a product similar to the wood option. The downside is that they tend to be more expensive than the wood option. However, they are stronger than wood and they last longer which means that you will not have to replace them as often as you would with their wood counterparts. They still could have the problem where they are pushed together but it is less likely because you will not need as many of them to hold the weight of your products. Steel or metal is stronger than wood therefore that factors into the number you need to use to get the same effect as using a lot of wood support bars.
“Bar grating is another option… If you have a point load or something very high-capacity then you should consider this option. It also features a grating like structure which means that you may be able to use this option for vertical storage options if you wanted to do so.”
Bar grating is another option. It is one of the most heavy-duty options you can use for your decking. It can be made to handle just about any load you can throw at it. However, the development of this item may take longer depending on what you ask for when you try to order it. It is expensive, however, when compared to other types of decking. If you have a point load or something very high-capacity then you should consider this option. It also features a grating like structure which means that you may be able to use this option for vertical storage options if you wanted to do so. We would recommend that you use safety clips and safety pins for your rack levels, however. You want as much safety as possible if you are going to be storing things high that are that heavy.
A subset of bar grating is a punch deck which is like bar grating but not as strong. It looks similar to the vents you have in your home that are for heating or cooling. They do not hold as much weight as bar grating does but it does have the ability to allow water to flow through to lower levels. You will escape the disapproving eye of an inspector. You may also gain the ability to store higher than you would have been able to do with a wood-based decking solution.
“Of course, wire mesh decking is the most popular and versatile decking option available. It allows water to flow through which fire inspectors like and can allow you to store things higher in your warehouse.”
Of course, wire mesh decking is the most popular and versatile decking option available. It allows water to flow through which fire inspectors like and can allow you to store things higher in your warehouse. It can also handle up to 2500 lbs of uniformly distributed weight. You can put pallets on it, boxes of products, and smaller items if you have plastic storage bins for them. It also is less expensive than bar grating or punch decks. If you are looking for a good solution for your decking needs then wire mesh decking is a hard one to beat.
If you need any of the mentioned decking types then you give us a call at 503-447-1284. You can also get your wire mesh decking for pallet racks by clicking that link and taking a look at the ones we carry.