QTS Guide For Wire Mesh Deck Coating And Finishes

QTS Guide For Wire Mesh Deck Coating And Finishes

 Hello again to all you hard working people in the world of warehouse storage. In this article, we will look at the options available to you when it comes to the type of finish you can select for your purpose designed EasySHELF Mesh Deck.

QTS knows that our EasySHELF Mesh Decks are the workhorses of the Mesh Deck world ( is this even a thing?) Anyway, let’s carry on. A key consideration to ensure the longevity of the mesh deck performance is the type of finish you can opt for. This can really impact your lifespan of the Mesh Deck. So, knowing the pros and cons of each finish can help you save money and prolong the life of the mesh deck.

That said, because we’re a helpful lot here at QTS, below are four of the most common finishes available to you for your mesh deck along with the pros and cons for each. So, let’s get started.

Powder Coating, A Colourful Solution

This must be the most popular choice for our customers as it is known as a good all-rounder. Powder coating is a dry finishing process that has become immensely popular since the 1960’s. Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market. So, it’s no surprise that more companies specify powder coatings for that high-quality, and durable finish.

Allowing for a maximised production, improved efficiencies, and simplified environmental compliance. Used as functional protective and decorative finishes. Powder coatings biggest benefit other than it’s cost-effective is that it comes in a variety of colour choices ( which you can find in a RAL chart)

A consideration when picking an unusual colour for EasySHELF would be a possible increase in cost and lead-time. If you would like to know more about our powder options, then feel free to contact us then we will assist in helping you pick the best choice for the project.

Hot-Dip Galvanized: All Weather Environments at a Cost

As the name suggests, the mesh decks are dipped in a bath of molten zinc. You will recognize the matte grey finish from other steel products such as motorways barriers, and lamp post etc. If the location of the racking is outdoors in all weather or any other corrosive environments then this would be a good choice for the job.

There is no question: Hot-Dip Galvanized mesh is the most robust finish and has the highest levels of corrosion resistance. However, it’s also by far the most expensive option out there. So, unless it’s an absolutely required for the job at hand, this finish can get into your project budget.

Pre-Galvanized: Cheap and Cheerful but Prone To Corrosion

In this instance, the materials used to produce the mesh deck such as the steel wire and channel supports have all been Hot-Dipped in their raw materials from before they were turned into a mesh deck hence the phrase ‘Pre-Galvanized’.

Now, it’s important to understand because the Zinc was applied at the raw material stage, any subsequent cuts or weld of the steel wire when making the mesh deck will expose and compromise the Zinc covering. And in so doing makes the mesh deck highly vulnerable to rust and dramatically reduce its lifespan.

Zinc-Electro Plating

This finish really doesn’t have any discernible benefits to speak of other than it gives a shiny finish. It exists as an option mainly because Chinese manufacturing favored this finish methodology for many of years.

The process involves covering the mesh deck in a very thick layer of zinc. Once covered an electrical current is passed through a solution called an electrolyte. This is done by dipping two terminals called electrodes into the electrolyte and connecting them to a circuit with a power supply. The electrodes and electrolyte are made from carefully chosen elements or compounds. When the electricity flows through the circuit they make the electrolyte spilled up and some of the Zinc atoms it contains are deposited in a thin layer finish.

Because of the thin layer finish and the processes involved, the results are that it quickly depletes the oxidation process making this finish unsuitable for outdoor applications. Unless you have desert-like environmental conditions.

Zinc Electro-Plating is far from being ‘Environmentally Friendly’ since it produced high levels of chemical waste which an affect the green credentials of major corporate clients. So, it is best to discuss this with your clients directly to allow them to make informed decisions. Costs are comparable to powder coating but with none of the benefits, powder coating offers.

Selecting the correct finish really comes down to one simple question, ‘What environment will the EasySHELF© Mesh decks be working in?’ For example, outside storage, in a freezer/chiller room, or indoors. Knowing this will dictate which finish is best for you.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to email us at enquiries@qts-ltd.co.uk or visit our website at www.qts-ltd.co.uk to see our full product range, alternatively, just pick up the phone and give us a call on 01455 633567