If you need to install racks in your warehouse for your goods, you want to make sure that you have the right set-up for the type of racks that you want to install in your warehouse. You need to make sure that you have the right structural set-up before you order and install warehouse racks inside of your business.
1. Type of Flooring
The type of flooring that you have will determine what type of racks you are able to install in your warehouse. If you have to install some lightweight storage racks, that will be used for materials and items that are not that heavy, you can install lightweight storage racks on bar grating and wood decking.
If you want to install heavy-duty racks, however, generally you need a stronger floor. Concrete floors are the primary types of floors that heavy-duty rack systems are installed on because concrete floors can support the anchoring system necessary for heavy rack systems that are designed to support heavy loads.
If you don't have concrete floors in your warehouse, you'll want to have your warehouse rack plans reviewed by an engineer to ensure that your flooring can support the type of racks and anchoring necessary to keep the racks safe over the long-term.
2. Levelness of Flooring
Next, you need to consider how level your flooring is where you want to put the racks. Ideally, your flooring will be completely level, with no tilt or slope to it.
If your floor does have a tilt or slope to it, that doesn't rule it out as a candidate for warehouse racks. Rather, if your floor is sloped or tilted, you need to plan to compensate for it. You will have to use shims to level out your racks. You are going to want to have the shims professionally installed to ensure that your racks are level. Your racks need to be level to support the pallets of products that you plan on storing on them.
3. Types of Anchors
Although you don't have to anchor all pallet racks, in the interest of safety, it is always a smart idea to anchor all pallet racks, regardless of the height or durability of the rack. Anchoring your warehouse racks ensures that they stay in place. It ensures that the racks will not fall over if they get bumped by a forklift or if a heavy load is placed on them. Anchoring your warehouse racks ensures the safety of your employees and your products. Work with the manufacture of the racks to determine the best anchoring system for the racks.
Before you order pallet racks, make sure that your flooring can support the racks, make sure that your flooring is level, and come up with a plan for anchoring any racks that you purchase