Pallet Rack Wire Decking, or Wire Mesh Deck, provides a safe surface to support pallets for pallet racking. Wire decking increases the safety and versatility of your pallet rack system by allowing you to store more than just standard pallets. Bins, boxes, and other products are commonly stored on wire decking.
- Waterfall style rests on top of the beams
- 2″ x 4″ grid pattern
- Powder coated gray for highly durable finish
- 3 U-channel supports designed for standard 1 5/8″ step beams
- Wire thickness: 14 ga
- Capacity: 2500 lbs (uniform distributed load)
What Size of Pallet Rack Wire Decking Do I Need?
Depth: The depth of the wire decking must match the depth of the pallet rack frames. Common depths are 36″, 42″, 44″ and 48″.
Width: The width of the wire decking depends on the length of the beams.
- 46″ Width: Used with 4 ft, 8 ft, and 12 ft beams (most common)
- 52″ Width: Used with 9 ft beams
- 58″ Width: Used with 10ft beams
If you are looking to purchase a new pallet racking system, use our handy pallet rack builder on our pallet racks and racking systems page.
How Many Wire Mesh Decks Do I Need?
The number of wire decks needed depends on the length of your beams.
- 8ft, 9ft or 10ft beams: 2 decks per beam level
- 12ft beams: 3 decks per beam level
Here’s one quick way to think of this: For 8-10ft beams, you need the same number of decks as you have beams. For 12ft beams, you need 1.5 times as many decks as you have beams.
Wire Decking Quantities
96″ beams = order (2) 46″ wide decks per level
108″ beams = order (2) 52″ wide decks per level
120″ beams = order (2) 58″ wide decks per level
144″ beams = order (3) 46″ wide decks per level
Wire Decking vs Wood Decking
Wire decking is much better than wood decking. In an effort to save money, some people consider using wood like 2×4’s or plywood instead of wire decking for their pallet rack. There are several reasons why you should consider wire decking instead of a wood decking alternative.
- Safety – Wire decks use a 2″ x 4″ grid, which prevents most products from falling through. Using wood 2×4’s leaves large gaps for products to fall through the racking.
- Cost Savings – The primary reason people consider wood is that they think it will save them money. But when you really do the math on the cost of the wood, plus the labor and hassle to go get it and cut it to size, most people find that the minimal cost savings are not worth the effort.
- Fire Safety – Wood burns, and if you’re using your pallet racking in a business, your fire marshal would much prefer (and may even require) that you use wire decking instead of wood. The wire grids also allow water to flow through, which is better for putting out a fire.
- Capacity Ratings – Wire decking comes with manufacturer rated capacity ratings. Wood has no such rating, so can’t you really be sure that what you are loading on your wood decking is safe.
- Accidental Shifting – Wood decking often shifts when loading or unloading a pallet, and can easily fall through the decking, which has obvious safety issues (imagine a 2×4 falling from 15ft high), in addition to the time and effort required to reinstall the wood. Wire decking waterfalls over the front and back edge of the pallet rack beam to mitigate shifting for increased safety.
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