One important concern of any warehouse manager is how to protect stored merchandise, especially in the event of a fire.
Metal Decking for Pallet Racking
Metal decking is now the preferred method for creating a solid platform within pallet racking. Historically wood has been the most cost effective method for decking. However Steel decking offers a competitive alternative to wood but offers additional benefits as well include the possibility of helping you qualify for cheaper insurance; Long life, decreases fire hazard, low maintenance, hygienic, easy to install.
Open timber decking can allow flames to come into contact with the merchandise and allow a fire to spread faster, making it harder for the sprinklers to put the fire out.
Steel decking , however acts as a fire baffle preventing the fire spreading. Excellent for storing individual components, cartons, irregular loads, fire retardant and maintains integrity of overhead sprinkler coverage.
For those warehouses with Sprinkler Systems , there is the perforated Steel deck. Perforated to 50% open area.
Over the past few years the need/requirement to have a sprinkler system fitted in warehouses has become more prominent. Knowing that a solid steel deck would not comply with the fire regulations regarding sprinkler systems, DMD has now added a perforated deck to its shelving range. The panels comply with the requested 50% open area to allow water penetration.
More information about Steel Deck for Pallet Racking: http://www.dmd-electronic-engineers.co.uk/