Structural Pallet RacksStructural pallet racking is another very popular style of warehouse racking commonly used in seismic locations. It's often available in much heavier weight capacities using the same dimensions of traditional roll-formed pallet rack. Structural pallet racking is usually assembled with nuts and bolts and should be assembled by professional installation teams. There are no particular colors associated with structural racking as it is considered a style (like teardrop) and not a brand.
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What is Structural Pallet Racking Compared to Roll-Form Pallet Racking?
Structural pallet racking is made from hot rolled c-channel structural steel, making it a heavier duty pallet rack solution with added strength for higher weighted loads. Structural racks are built thicker and with heavier construction, and are often the preferred solution for higher density applications like pushback, drive-in and pallet flow applications. They also offer improved resistance to impact.
Because they are more heavy duty than roll-formed pallet rack, structural racking tends to be both heavier and more expensive.
Pallet Rack Dimensions Guides
Structural Pallet Racking FAQ & Guides
Frequently Asked Questions
Roll-form pallet rack is usually associated with selective pallet rack storage. It is the preferred storage rack for light (500 lbs. per shelf) to heavy (7,500 lbs. per shelf) pallet storage.
Structural pallet rack is made from hot rolled c-channel structural steel. While it can be used to store lighter loads, it's structural design can also be best utilized when storing heavier loads of 5,000 lbs. per shelf and more. It uses additional hardware (nuts and bolts) for assembly. It is inherently heavier, stronger and can hold heavier loads than roll-form rack. It is more impact resistant than roll-form rack.
While roll-form rack is the rack of choice for selective pallet storage, structural rack is often the preferred solution for higher density applications like pushback, drive-in and pallet flow applications. Structural racks are thicker and the heavier construction offers improved resistance to impact from forklifts entering and exiting the racks.
Structural racks typically cost more per pallet position to buy, ship and install than roll-form racks. Structural racks may offer more rust resistance and hold capacity than roll-form racks.
You would consider using roll-form pallet racks:
- When you are storing light to heavy weight loads, usually 7,500 lbs. or less per shelf.
- When transportation costs are a concern. Because of its lighter weight, more roll form rack can be put on a flat bed when transporting racks to the job site for installation.
- When easy handling and quick assembly without the need for hardware is desired.
Due to its heavier weight, structural rack costs more to ship than roll-form. Roll-form rack is less costly to ship because it’s lighter than structural racks with the same dimensions.
Due to its heavier weight and nut and bolt connections, structural racking can take longer and cost more to handle and install. Tools are required to attach and tighten the nuts & bolts used to connect the shelf beams to the upright frames. Roll form racks traditionally install faster due to its bolt-less connection design, which allows for a fast and easy connection of the beams to the uprights.
You would consider using structural cantilever rack instead of roll-form rack:
- Due to its impact resistance and it's ability to hold heavier weight. Structural racks are often the preferred pallet storage system choice of warehouse managers for push-back, drive-in and drive-thru racks.
- When bigger capacities are needed for heavier loads.
- When items need to be washed down. Structural rack is easier to get access to all surface areas.
- When storing heavy items like tool & die equipment and steel coils.
Due to its ability to hold heavier weights and its nut and bolt connections, structural racks are the preferred choice for most warehouse managers for pushback racks, drive-thru and drive-in racks. Roll-form racks traditionally install faster due to its bolt-less connection design, however roll-form racks are more susceptible to forklift impact damage.
When selecting a pallet rack storage system, it is best to understand the full range of pallet storage systems available, while paying attention to each of the features and benefits. Call or email one of our solutions specialists for help - they are familiar with all the different solutions available and will be happy to review your project and provide you the most efficient and cost-effective solutions available.
Pallet Racking Guides
- What is Pallet Racking?
- Rack Type Identification Guide
- Rack Quote Tool
- Pallet Rack Systems
- Storage Rack Systems
- What is Push Back Racking?
- Pallet Racking Basics
- Advanced Pallet Racking
- What is Drive In Racking?
- Drive In Rack Basics
- Advanced Drive In Rack
- What is Double Deep Rack?
- Top Storage Rack Systems
- Should I DIY?
- Pallet Rack Accessories Guide
- Pallet Design & Storage
Pallet Racking Brands and Styles
Here is a sampling of different racking brands that SJF carries. If you are in need of a different brand, please call our sales professionals, as we often carry other brands or can find them for you.
- Husky Rack and Wire
- Interlake Mecalux
(New & Old Style)