For storing heavy loads and large items, your pallet rack system needs a wire deck to manage the load safely. Wire decking is the most popular method for stabilizing and securing your inventory. If you are looking to add wire decks to your storage system, here is everything you need to know about buying new and used wire decking.
Benefits of Wire Decking for Pallet Racks
While there are a range of deck styles available for use with your pallet rack system, by far the most effective and popular style of deck is wire mesh. Wire mesh offers significant benefits over other styles of deck such as wooden or perforated deck. Some of these benefits include:
Wire mesh decks are easy to assemble and install which allows them to be reconfigured as necessary to suit the storage needs of your facility. They simply drop into place and use the structural beams of the pallet for support.
Wire decks can support a range of load capacities up to 8,000 lbs. despite their light weight. This is achieved by using channels that are welded to the bottom of the deck, as well as the waterfall design at the end of the deck which prevents the deck from slipping or shifting.
Rack wire decking offers increased visibility which not only improves the safety of warehouse workers but also increases productivity. The mesh racks allow for better illumination to prevent trips and other hazards, while also allowing workers to visually track inventory and monitor SKU locations for more efficient material handling.
Unlike wooden decks for pallet racks, wire mesh decks allow for better air circulation to prevent dust and debris from settling on inventory. Should spills occur, the powder coated wire is easy to clean and sanitize which is essential for operations that store hazardous materials or food items. Wire mesh decks also secure better than wooden decks to pallet racks for increased stability for both your inventory and the storage structure.
Heavy Duty Construction
Wooden decks can warp, splinter and crack over time compromising the structural integrity of your pallet racking system. Steel wire mesh decking is designed to resist wear and tear and is galvanized to reduce damage from forklifts and other picking equipment. Due to the heavy duty construction wire mesh decks are built to last and represent a worthwhile investment for your warehouse.
Easy Access for Fire Suppression Systems
In the event of a warehouse fire, wooden decks can hasten the spread of the flames and block your fire suppression system. Wire mesh decking ensures that your pallet racking systems complies with local fire codes as it allows for optimal light, air and sprinkler penetration. It also makes sure that your warehouse is OSHA compliant.
Should You Buy New or Used Wire Decking for Pallet Racks?
Both new and used wire decking has its advantages and disadvantages. While used wire decks are more cost-effective and can reduce your storage budget, new wire decks will offer the best longevity.
Always check the condition of used wire decking before you buy. Check to see that the enamel or powder coating is intact as chips can quickly lead to rust and reduce the load bearing capacity of the deck. Inspect the support channels for signs of wear and tear as these are a vital feature that enhances the stability and integrity of the mesh design.
Types of Wire Mesh
There are different styles of wire mesh decking to suit the needs of your storage system. The types primarily differ based on the shape of the edge.
Flush fit decks fit flush with the edge of beam leaving the front clear for barcoding and labeling.
Step channel deck features the standard waterfall design which uses a small overhanging part of the deck to give stability.
Inside waterfall decks use the same principle as a step channel deck, however the waterfall is on the inside of the beam to leave the face unobstructed.
For stable, long-lasting storage for your warehouse, wire decking is the best option for your pallet racks. To get the longest use and best return on your investment, new galvanized wire decks are heavy duty and designed to last.
But, if you are looking for a budget-friendly option to enhance your current pallet rack system, used wire decks in good condition without visible wear and tear cna improve the safety and productivity of your operation.
At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we want you to know everything there is to know about wire decks for pallet racks so that you can buy with confidence. Whether you are looking for new or used wire decks, you can call us at (855)-969-4164 to speak with a member of our team about your storage needs.