9 Things to Consider Before Installing a Pallet Racking System

Installing pallet racks is a big decision. They are a significant investment, and if they’re not installed properly, they can be dangerous and cause damage to your property. In this blog post, we will discuss nine things you need to consider before installing pallet racks. We’ll also talk about the mistakes people often make when installing pallet racks, and how to avoid them. 

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1. Evaluate Your Storage Requirements

The first thing you need to do is evaluate your storage requirements. There are many different types and sizes of pallet racks, and the price can vary significantly. How much space do you have? How much product do you need to store? What is the average size of your pallets? What is your budget? Answering these questions will help you determine the type and size of pallet racks you need.

2. Check the Safety Regulations

Before you install pallet racks, you need to make sure they comply with all safety regulations. There may be federal, provincial and municipal regulations to consider, it is up to the owner to ensure all of them are adhered to. Some loads may be too heavy for standard racks, special structural design may be required in some cases.

3. Proper Spacing

With increasing focus on fire safety, the spacing of aisles between your racks is an important part of ensuring your facility is safe. Proper spacing can also ensure worker safety and reduce damage to racks by ensuring machinery operators have enough space to maneuver. On the other hand, too much space between racks reduces the amount of storage available. This should be balanced carefully to optimize your system. We recommend speaking to experienced professionals to ensure ideal configurations. 

4. Choose a Suitable Pallet Racking System

The pallet racks you choose should be suitable for the products you’re storing. You need to consider the size, shape, and weight of your products when choosing pallet racks. If you’re not sure which pallet racks are best for your products, we recommend getting professional help.

5. Check the Accessibility of the Racking System

Once the pallet racks are installed, you need to make sure they’re accessible. You need to be able to reach all the pallets, and you need to be able to move them around easily. If the pallet racks are difficult to access, it will make it more difficult to store and retrieve products. Make sure that these issues have been addressed before installation, so you won’t have any problems afterward.

6. Consider the Future

When you’re planning to install pallet racks, you need to think about the future. How will your business grow? Will you need to add more pallet racks? Will you need to move the pallet racks to a different location? You need to make sure the pallet racks you choose can accommodate your future needs. We also recommend foot protectors to increase long-term durability of your racks, since most damage is taken at the bottom of the post..

7. Consider Movable Pallet Racking Solutions

As mentioned above, thinking about the future is important. If you’re not sure where your pallet racks will be located in the future, or if you need to move them frequently, we recommend considering movable pallet racks. Movable pallet racks are a great option if you need to change your storage configuration frequently.

8. Think about Used Pallet Racks

If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider buying used pallet racks. Used pallet racks can be a great option if you’re looking to save money. Just make sure you inspect the pallet racks carefully before you buy them, and only buy from a reputable seller.

9. Get Professional Help

When a racking system is poorly planned or installed, it can cost a lot of extra time and money to fix any problems that may come up. If you’re not sure how to install pallet racks, or if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, we recommend getting professional help. There are many companies that specialize in pallet rack installation, and they can make sure your racks are installed properly and safely.

Contact Canadian Rack Technologies for Pallet Racking Solutions

Canadian Rack Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of pallet racking systems in Toronto. We buy and sell new and used pallet racking, industrial storage systems, and warehouse equipment. We also provide a full package which includes engineering, layout and design, supply, delivery, professional installation, as well as annual inspection programs for our clients. We offer a wide range of pallet racks, and we can help you choose the right pallet racks for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.



Kevin Ausman is the founder of Canadian Rack Technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in providing safe and efficient turn-key storage solutions and he specializes in pallet racking, pick systems, industrial shelving, mezzanines, cantilever racks, and more. Kevin is dedicated to providing great customer service, listening to client’s needs, and supplying the best products available.

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