As a warehouse owner, you have the difficult task of choosing the type of racking system that will work best for your business. Do you choose cantilever racks or pallet racks? Both are very common options for industrial storage systems and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In this blog post, we will compare and contrast cantilever racking and pallet racking to help you make the best decision for your business.
A cantilever rack is a type of racking system that has uprights with arms that extend out from the uprights. These arms support the load, and the uprights are typically connected to the building’s structure. Cantilever racks do not have vertical columns on the front.
Cantilever racks are most commonly used to store long, bulky, or irregularly shaped items such as lumber, pipes, or steel beams. For keeping things that need a secure foundation, such as wood or plastics, you can build a deck.
A pallet rack is a type of racking system that stores goods on pallets (wooden platforms) that are supported by beams. Pallet racks are tiered horizontal racks that are stacked one on top of the other to create tall, vertical structures. A pallet rack system has upright columns on all four corners and a base, with horizontal racks in between to create shelves
Pallet racks are the most common type of industrial storage system, and they can be used to store a wide variety of goods. Pallet racks are made from steel, and they are very strong and durable. You can need to use a forklift to stack or remove the goods from the shelves.
Now that you know a little bit about cantilever racks and pallet racks, let’s compare and contrast these two types of racking systems.
The type of business you have will play a big role in deciding which type of racking system is right for you. For example, if you have a business that sells lumber, pipes, or steel beams, cantilever racking would be the best choice. Cantilever racking is best for storing long, bulky, or irregularly shaped items.
On the other hand, if you have a business that sells a wide variety of goods, pallet racking would be the better choice because it is more versatile.
If you’re in need of a cantilever racking or pallet racking system for your business, Canadian Rack Technologies Inc. can help. With over 25 years of experience in the racking industry, we have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight when it comes to providing ideal warehouse storage solutions to our customers across North America. Our areas of expertise include providing warehouse safety inspection services, pallet racking storage products, cantilever racking, performing PSRs, and so much more.
We offer a wide variety of racking systems that are sure to meet the needs of your business. Contact us today to learn more or to book a pallet rack inspection.