Wire decking is typically the go-to choice for pallet racking systems. It provides added stability for pallets to sit on and can help prevent items from falling through the gaps between pallets. However, there are several alternatives to wire decking that may be better suited for certain applications. Read on to explore more options!
One alternative to wire decking is solid decking. Solid decking is made from various gauges of corrugated steel (depending on load requirements). It can provide additional support for heavy loads and like wire decking, can also help prevent items from falling through the gaps between pallets. Another unique feature of this decking is that it can also accommodate shallower depth pallets - meaning the added strength can support the load without requiring the load to rest fully on both front/back beams. It may be a good choice for applications where there is a high risk of small falling items, heavy loads are common or you’re looking for an alternative to ground bay shelving.
Another alternative is perforated punch decking. Similar to solid corrugated strength, this type has small punched holes that allow for improved ventilation and drainage - a requirement for many companies due to sprinkler system compliance. This option would be a good choice for applications that require higher capacity, yet need to abide by EFSR/insurance codes.
A third alternative to wire decking is basic pallet supports. This material sits in the channels of the beams and provides and added measure of support for the stored loads. The advantage of this solution is lower cost per unit and lower chance of damage given its small profile.
When choosing an alternative to wire decking, it is important to consider the specific needs of the application. For example, if there is a high risk of items falling, solid decking may be the best choice. If ventilation or drainage is a concern, perforated or open grid decking may be a better choice. It is also important to consider the weight of the items being stored and the load capacity of the decking being used.
In summary, wire decking is a popular choice for pallet racking systems, but there are several alternatives that may be better suited for certain applications. Solid decking can provide additional support for heavy loads, perforated decking can improve ventilation and drainage, and open grid decking can allow for better visibility and improved ventilation. When choosing an alternative to wire decking, it is important to consider the specific needs of the application and the weight of the items being stored.