Pallet rack solid decking provides a level surface for storing inventory in warehouses and distribution centers. There are several types of flat or solid decking available, and determining what kind is right for you depends on the type and weight of the items to be stored and the fire safety code requirements. The article below will cover the options available and help you make an informed decision about what kind of decking is best for your facility.
There are many different types of decking to choose from including bar grating, punch and perforated decking. Bar grating is a heavy duty option that is virtually indestructible and can be designed to hold whatever the pallet rack beams will carry. It is most often used when customers have point loads that will tear up wire decking such as a basket. This style of decking is most often seen in record storage where large vinyl rolls need a level surface to slide on and off of the shelves.
Sturdy Foundations: The Benefits of Pallet Rack Solid Decking in Warehousing
Perforated decking is similar to the bar grate but is designed to allow airflow and water in the event of a fire. This type of decking is also less expensive than a bar grate deck. Customers have occasionally requested perforated decking for use in their warehouses when they are storing materials that may snag on the small holes.
Solid steel pallet rack decking adds standard shelf storage capacity to pallet racks. It has a smooth powder coated surface that can support 3,000 lbs. each per section. It is made of 14 gauge steel with 12 gauge reinforcing channels on the underside that fit 1-5/8″ step beams. Each deck has 1-1/2″ waterfall edges on the front and back that prevent items from falling through.