When it comes to using pallets for storage and transportation, you have two top deck options — closed and open. One of the main differences in pallet top decks is whether the pallet’s surface is completely solid. Depending on your application, one type may be better suited to your needs than the other.
What Are Pallet Top Decks?
A pallet top deck is the surface area of a pallet where inventory or payloads are placed during transportation or storage. Top decks vary depending on the pallet, but open and closed top decks are generally the two main types.
Open Top Pallet Decks
An open top pallet deck, or a ventilated deck, has openings in the surface referred to as the grid or mesh. The larger the grid openings, the thinner the pallet appears.
The openings also cause the pallet to be more lightweight, making them less expensive than other top deck options.
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Closed Top Pallet Decks
A closed top pallet deck, also known as a solid top deck, has a solid plastic surface with no openings. Most closed top pallet decks are smooth and may feature an anti-slip lip around the perimeter to ensure materials stay in place.
Closed top pallet decks can also protect against spills and are easy to clean.
Closed vs. Open Top Pallets
What pallet top deck is best? The answer depends on your application. Some of the most important things to consider are what type of load you are carrying and how much it weighs. These factors can also help you determine which size pallets you need and whether your pallets will be stacked. You may want to consider whether you will use your pallet for a one-way trip or multiple uses.
The answers to these questions should help clarify which type of top deck you need. Ultimately your decision will come down to what you are using the pallet for. Closed top pallet decks offer superior durability and hygiene, while open top pallet decks allow for better drainage and are easier to handle.
Open and Closed Pallet Deck Options From Polymer Solutions International Inc.
At Polymer Solutions International Inc., we have numerous open and closed pallet deck options for a wide range of applications. Whether you need pallets for transporting beverages or storing pharmaceutical products, we have the solutions you need.
We carry many heavy-duty pallet decks that are ideal for use in warehouses and other storage areas. We also have nestable and stackable options to help you save space and make more room for your inventory.
If you have specific requirements for your open or closed pallet deck, let us know and we can help you find the right fit. If we do not already have a suitable product in our inventory, we can create a customized solution tailored to your specific needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our pallet deck options and the differences between closed and open top decks.