03 Mar Warehouse Wire Decking vs Wood Decking
“It might make it seem like wood decking options are more sturdy. However, keep in mind that these wire mesh decks have a capacity of 2500 lbs of uniformly distributed weight.”
A question you could start asking yourself when you start looking for warehouse wire decking is what the difference is to using wood decking or wood support bars. There are a lot of key issues you need to think about when considering one or the other but one of the main ones, at least the ones you would be interested in as a consumer, is the difference in capacity. Wood is not as strong as metal, obviously, and that is a massive difference in how much you can store. If you are a small to medium-sized business then you will eventually meet this range but you might not in the very beginning. If you are a large business then wood is almost not an option at all except for some very specific cases. The weight of your product in large volumes or on pallet racks may be too much for your rack to hold in that position. It is especially true if you are holding 2 to 3 pallets worth of the product. What about the warehouse wire decking option? We know that many models can handle up to 2500 lbs of uniformly distributed weight.
If you are in a hurry then you should also be aware that there are a slight savings of time when you use wire racks. It is because a wire mesh deck is one solid piece. You drop it into your rack, assuming your rack is compatible, and it is done. If you have support bars then you have to lay them all into the rack. If you have a lot of racks then you can see how this could take a while to do. It could be a problem if you have food products or other time-sensitive products you need to put on the racks quickly. It is a minor time saving that can really add up if you have a lot of racks and you have a business that needs to follow the FIFO, or first in-first out, method of inventory. It could be a concern if you are pressed for time with other products as well. Therefore, if you need the strength of the material and a fast install then a warehouse wire decking option is hard to beat.
“If you have support bars then you have to lay them all into the rack. If you have a lot of racks then you can see how this could take a while to do.”
We understand that the name “wire deck” does not give a good impression or give a great visual in a person’s mind who is looking for a strong product. If we think about wire or wire decking then you are likely going to think of what we see at the supermarket in the baskets we push around. It might make it seem like wood decking options are more sturdy. However, keep in mind that these wire mesh decks have a capacity of 2500 lbs of uniformly distributed weight. A shopping cart cannot handle this much even though they might look the same. It is easy to look at a wire deck and not see its value on looks alone.
Keep in mind that warehouse-ready wire mesh decks also can have safety features that wood decking does not have natively. You can get a wire mesh deck with a “waterfall” feature. A waterfall feature refers to parts of the wire mesh deck that overhang the pallet rack beam and create a feature that keeps the mesh in place. The only way to get a similar effect with wood pallet beams is if you have a “step” in your pallet rack beam that allows them to sit level with the beam itself. Therefore, you cannot push the support bars around and destabilize the support bars and the product on the rack. The same can be done with wire mesh decks without the waterfall feature, however. We can say that buying your beams with that step is very smart because it does decrease the risk of problems with your products on racks.
If you are ready to get your own waterfall or non-waterfall warehouse wire decking for pallet racks then click the link there. If you want to ask more questions about what you really need for your warehouse then call us at 503-447-1284. We would be happy to assist you.