Metal vs wood for a garage rack
Garage racks help you organise your garage space. It is common for garages to be used to store not only cars and motorbikes, but also tools, DIY equipment, garden supplies, tinned and bottled food stores and camping equipment. Garages can quickly become cluttered, and it can be very difficult to find the items we are looking for when we need them. With the right racks, everything you need to keep in your garage can be stored safely leaving the maximum amount of floor space open and unobstructed.
Garage racking, for example shelving Ireland offers from https://www.rackzone.ie/, is available in a huge range of sizes to fit any garage and storage need. Racking is most commonly made from wood or metal; which type of racking should you choose?
Wood garage racks
Wooden garage racks, made of MDF, plywood or particle board, for example, can be cut to size if the space you need to fill with racking does not fit standard sized racks. Wood is reasonably durable, but it is a poor insulator. It is possible for wood racks to warp, crack or bow if they do not have the correct protective finish.
Metal garage racks
Metal is a popular choice for racking. This is because metal is both strong and durable. Metal racks can be loaded with a relatively heavy weight compared to the same size of wooden shelving, making them ideal for heavy duty storage. If heavy tools, paint tins or equipment are stored on wooden racks it can cause them to bow, making the racks less usable over time.
Metal does not have this disadvantage. Metal racks are also usually designed to be easy to install or set up, making them user friendly.
However, most metal is liable to corrode in a way that wood does not. If racks are made from steel they can rust, especially if chemicals or moisture are present. This can be mitigated with a rust resistant finish, but it will make the racking more expensive. It is far more difficult to cut metal to size, meaning that you will need to assemble your racking needs from the standard sizes available.
Whichever you choose, you can be sure that you will find the size and type of racking to fit your garage space and storage needs from the vast range available.