Frequently Asked Questions about Cantilever Rack
Roll-form cantilever rack is the preferred storage rack for light and medium storage due to its bolt-less design and lighter overall weight.
Structural cantilever rack is preferred for heavier loads when storing loads that weigh 1,500 lbs. or more. Structural cantilever rack is made from hot rolled c-channel structural steel. It uses additional hardware (nuts and bolts) for assembly. It is inherently heavier, stronger and can hold heavier loads than roll-form rack. It is more impact resistant than roll-form rack.
While roll-form rack is the rack of choice for light and medium storage, structural rack is often the preferred solution for higher density applications. Structural racks are thicker and the heavier construction offers improved resistance to impact from forklifts entering and exiting the racks.
You should consider using structural racks:
- When heavier capacities (1,500 lbs or more per shelf) are being stored.
- When storing traditionally heavy and bulky items such as plywood, lumber, pipe, bar stock, steel sheets and coils, sheetrock, etc.
Due to its heavier weight, structural cantilever rack costs more to ship than roll-form cantilever. Roll-form is less costly to ship because it's lighter than structural rack with the same dimensions.
Due to its heavier weight and nut and bolt connections, structural heavy duty and extra heavy duty cantilever racking may take longer to install, which could affect cost. Roll-form medium duty cantilever rack traditionally installs faster due to its bolt-less connection design, which allows for a fast and easy connection of the arms to the uprights.