Shelving Materials, Types, And Construction: How To Choose From So Much

Shelving comes in all lengths, materials, types, and construction formats. Whether you need shelving for your home or for your place of employment, you can find the shelving that is best suited to your needs. If you are having a hard time trying to figure out what to buy and how to install it, here are some of the various shelving materials, types, and ease with which you can construction the shelves.

Wood Shelving

​Wood shelving is best used indoors, and typically in places where the wood is not likely to become very wet. Ergo, wood shelving is best for workshops, home interiors, and sometimes shelving in your garage or shed where it is important to have basic shelving. Wood shelving may be hardwood, which will definitely last longer than the alternative, manufactured wood or "sandwich board". Wood laminate is pretty sturdy, if you need to go cheap and still want wood. You can either choose free-standing wood shelving, like bookshelves, or you can mount shelving to the wall via metal brackets or with the use of drywall screws and hooks on the backs of the shelves. 

Industrial Metal Shelving

​Industrial metal shelving includes teardrop and pin hooking pallet racks, as well as scaffold shelving. Most of these types of shelving can be erected quickly, and they are very heavy, durable, and dense. However, they are not very attractive, despite how very functional they are. You could use them in your home, but these shelves and shelving materials look more at home in a warehouse or manufacturing plant. You could use such shelving in your garage or workshop, if you do not mind their very industrial appearance. 

PVC Shelving

​PVC shelving is entirely plastic. Plastic pipe connects to plastic pipe for vertical and horizontal framework, and the shelves are entirely plastic as well. The shelves may be vented or slotted if something wet is to be placed on the shelves, or if you are going to spray objects on the plastic shelving with water or chemicals. PVC shelving withstands extreme temperatures without melting or cracking. It is most ideal in greenhouses, hot houses, pottery shops and factories, and industrial or automotive paint shops. However, you can definitely use PVC shelving anywhere else these shelving units can fit, and anywhere you will have a use for them. They are rarely mounted to walls, although you can secure the units to walls with screws. 

Contact a company, like Warehouse Equipment Solutions, for more help.