In this blog, we will explore the different options for shelf levels, including particleboard, steel, steel mesh, and plastic tubs, to help you make an informed decision for your garage or workshop.
Longspan Metal Shelving - An Overview
Choosing the Right Shelf Levels
Particleboard Shelf Levels: Particleboard shelves are a cost-effective option and work well for lightweight items or tools. They are ideal for organising smaller items, paint cans, gardening tools, and household supplies. However, they may not be the best choice for extremely heavy or damp items.
Steel Shelf Levels: Steel shelves are highly durable and can support heavier loads compared to particleboard. They are perfect for storing heavy-duty tools, power equipment, and large containers. Additionally, steel shelves are resistant to moisture, making them suitable for garages or workshops with fluctuating humidity levels.
Steel Mesh Shelf Levels: Steel mesh shelves offer the advantage of enhanced visibility and air circulation. These shelves are excellent for storing items that require ventilation, such as wet or damp equipment. They are commonly used in workshops where air circulation is crucial for certain materials.
- Plastic Tub Shelf Levels: Plastic tub shelves provide an excellent solution for containing smaller items that might otherwise fall through steel mesh or wire shelves. They are also easy to clean and ideal for organising small parts, nuts, bolts, and other hardware.
Considerations for your Garage or Workshop Metal Shelving
When choosing Longspan Metal Shelving, it's essential to consider the specific requirements of your garage or workshop:
Available Space: Measure the available space in your garage or workshop to ensure that the shelving system fits comfortably without obstructing movement. Some online retailers even offer Augmented Reality so you can virtually view the shelving in your space - try it on your mobile device here - just hit ‘View in Space’.
- Weight Capacity: Assess the weight of the items you plan to store to select the appropriate shelf level material that can handle the load without sagging or weakening. Shelving strength is rated in weight it can bear as a Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL).
- Flexibility: Opt for a shelving system that offers adjustable shelf heights, allowing you to accommodate items of varying sizes.
Modularity: opt for a system from a reputable supplier that can be expanded over time with more shelving or even cabinet storage and work benches.
- Durability: Longspan Metal Shelving is built to last, but ensure that the chosen material can withstand the environmental conditions in your garage or workshop. Powder coated steel is the best option for indoor, industrial storage.
Safety: Consider the safety features of the shelving system, such as locking mechanisms, to prevent accidents or unauthorised access to hazardous materials. If your shelving is for a workplace it is also important to consider Safe Work Load Signs so that staff are aware of shelf load capacities and safe use practices.