What You Need to Know: The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Pallet Racking Systems

Ever wondered if pallet racking systems are expensive? Maybe you want to know if they’re challenging to have installed? Or are they easily dismantled and moved? Perhaps you’d like to know just how much weight a pallet racking system can hold?

At Sam’s Mechanical Service, we know that some warehouse managers or business owners can find it intimidating to wade into the murky waters to select from the variety of racking systems available to them. That’s why we’re here to help! In today’s blog, we answer ten of the most frequently asked questions about pallet racking.

Who uses pallet racking systems in their warehouse?

Anyone that owns and manages a warehouse or large storage facility, among many others, uses a pallet racking system. Essentially, for anyone who needs to easily access their inventory, pallet racking is a valuable storage solution. Using pallet rack shelving effectively—along with well-maintained forklifts and facility layouts—will enable your business to run more efficiently.

How much weight can pallet racking systems hold?

You’ll need to consider the following three components to calculate your pallet rack load capacity:

  1. Load beam options.
  2. Upright frame options.
  3. Flooring and anchoring options.

When you purchase beams, the capacity is generally included. Upright load capacity will depend on how much vertical distance you have between your load beams. You’ll also need to consider your flooring materials and anchoring options. Be sure to confirm load capacity and flooring conditions before you install your rack system.

What are the different types of pallet racking systems for warehouses?

At Sam’s Mechanical, we carry several types of pallet racking systems in our Gap, Pa. location. Our focus is on providing systems that are safe, stable, and durable. These include:

  • Teardrop.
  • Double-slotted.
  • Cantilever 3000-series.

Some other things to take into consideration are pallet rack decking and anchoring options.

We recommend wire decking as it allows for better visibility to see your products. Additionally, you have less fire risk for your warehouse if you go with wire over wood decking.

Take time to assess your flooring materials and anchoring options when planning a pallet racking system. Most systems connect to a concrete floor, but each concrete floor may have a different load capacity. Before installing any pallet rack system, you’ll need to confirm the load capacity and flooring condition.

How do I know what type of pallet racking system I need for my warehouse?

With so many different pallet rack systems available to you, it can be difficult determining which option is precisely right for your warehouse.

Before selecting your pallet rack system, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my storage density?
  • What capacity do I need?
  • What is my selectivity?
  • Do I need a FIFO or LIFO system?
  • What are my picking profiles?
  • What regulations do I need to follow?
  • What type of forklift access do I need?

Once you have the answers to these questions, it’s time to compare pallet racking systems to find the one most suitable for your requirements. Or you can take the guesswork out of setting up your warehouse with the experts at Sam’s Mechanical. We’ll make sure you’re using the best pallet racking system for your specific business needs.

Are pallet racking systems safe for warehouse workers?

Yes. Pallet packing systems are an excellent way to optimize your building’s safety. Installing clear, properly-sized aisles and pallet shelves for your forklifts to maneuver and storing products to code will help prevent accidents. You can also maximize your warehouse storage while minimizing operational expenses too!

Is there a specific maximum height that pallet racking systems can go?

While there is no specific maximum height that a pallet racking system can go, there are several important considerations to keep in mind:

  • How tall are my warehouse ceilings?
  • What’s my forklift reach and operational space needed?
  • Are there any fire code restrictions?
  • What’s my beam height?
  • What pallet sizes am I using?

What do I need to keep in mind when inspecting my pallet racking system’s safety?

Safety should be paramount in any warehouse. We recommend that you inspect your racks at least annually. Additionally, if your racking system gets damaged by a forklift or other warehouse equipment, we recommend having your pallet racks inspected and replacing the damaged piece.

Have additional questions or replacing pallet racking systems? Reach out to Sam’s Mechanical for answers.

Can pallet racks be easily installed/dismantled?

This is one of those situations where you’re going to want to hire professionals to handle the job. There’s a lot of things to consider when installing or dismantling pallet racks. To prevent hazards and ensure your employees’ safety and that of your products, building, and equipment, do yourself a solid and leave this project to an experienced crew.

Can pallet racks be taken to another warehouse in the event of a move?

If your racking system is in good shape, relocating it to your new building can save you a lot of money. But, as we mentioned in the section above—hire professionals to help you dismantle, relocate, and re-install your racking system in your new facility. They’ll be able to help with any necessary dismantling and bundling in the warehouse, equipment transport, and re-installation at your new facility.

Are pallet racking systems expensive?

According to CostOwl, it all depends on the pallet racking system you need. Including installation costs, warehouse pallet racks systems range from $50 to $400 per pallet position. The denser, the more expensive your warehouse pallet system will be.

  • Single-deep pallet racks typically run $50 to $80 per pallet position.
  • Double-deep pallet racks usually sell for $80 to $200 per pallet position.
  • Gravity-flow racks are the most expensive, running from $200 to $400 per pallet position.

Discover How Sam’s Mechanical Can Solve Your Warehouse Needs!

We know that keeping your warehouse storage space organized is essential for so any business. That’s why at Sam’s Mechanical, we offer new and used pallet rack shelving and rack systems. Contact us today to speak about your pallet racking needs!

We’re also happy to help you find the best new and used forklifts for your operational success!