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Why choose wire mesh decking over closed, wooden or metal panels?

Posted on: Mar 17th

Mesh decking is ideal for heavy duty as well as very light loads, food industries, combustible areas as it’s a highly versatile offering significant benefits over traditional shelving. It quickly converts pallet racking into shelving for smaller items without a loss in loading capacity. It’s a cost-effective and strong alternative to timber and solid industrial steel shelving to store pallets and unusual shaped products. Each wire mesh panel is quickly positioned between two pallet racking box beams, creating an instant shelf for small boxed items or irregular sized palletised goods. Each panel is manufactured from steel wire mesh, with multi channels depending on your requirements for strength and to ensure resilience. Each panel is made with galvanised wire mesh.

Waterfall decking, which extends over the top and down the side of the beam, or lay-in decking, which rests in the step of the beam. Metal wire shelving is specifically designed to handle unusual sized loads or uncommon pallets without being unsafe. Reverse waterfall decking can provide containment of a loose product to prevent the product from falling behind the rack system. Lay-in decking rests inside the step of the beam, and wire mesh does not waterfall over the beam. Wire mesh decking comes in various thicknesses and mesh dimensions and the mesh construction also allows for easy identification of shelf contents and prevents dirt and other debris from accumulating on the shelves because of the holes in the mesh.


Wire Mesh is Shelving with Health & Safety in mind.


With a wire mesh deck, you can keep your products from falling through your racking system and causing damage or injury. In addition they are preferable to solid shelves because it allows smoke and heat to rise and sprinkler water to fall through into storage areas. Also they make it easier for your crew to see a fire and evacuate. Closed decking and shelving made of wooden or metal panels causes smoke and fire to travel and spread horizontally while prohibiting fire prevention methods. Solid decking is discouraged by fire inspectors because sprinkler systems can’t spray through the shelves to levels below. The use of Wire Mesh Shelving can reduce the number of levels requiring sprinklers and also the number of heads needed for an overall scheme. In addition wire mesh decking provides the same distributed weight capacity as solid, however, requires less space (thickness) to do so enabling you to have more levels than with solid decking. Timber, plywood or chipboard being natural products, are less resistant to mould and mildew as well as prone to warp, bend, sag or split. Finally, wire mesh decks are advantageous because they are able to distribute the full weight of your products across the beams of your structure, which adds sturdiness and utilizes your capacity to its fullest extent.

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