Steel vs. Wood Deck Loading Ramps
13 Apr 2021 Loading Ramps
When it comes to portable loading docks and heavy-duty ramps, the materials they are made of is highly important. This becomes especially apparent when comparing steel vs. wood deck loading ramps. Though both materials are common for a variety of industries, they are extremely different in terms of capacity, maintenance requirements, and other vital characteristics. In most cases, steel ramps are more durable and reliable, especially for applications with heavy loads. Knowing the differences between steel and wood deck loading ramps will allow you to choose the ideal option for your needs.
Comparing Steel and Wood Deck Loading Ramps
To show the benefits of steel ramps over wood ramps, the experts at Dura-Ramp have compiled some information on key comparison points. These points include:
Loading ramps and mobile docks are constantly exposed to the elements. When wood is exposed to heavy rain, extreme changes in temperature, and ice, it will begin to warp and rot over time if it is not properly maintained. This is especially true for wood decks that are painted and sealed as they will need to be re-painted and re-sealed periodically. Dura-Ramp steel deck loading ramps are powder coated and can resist harsh weather conditions with little to no maintenance. Steel loading ramps also require minimal cleaning and will likely not need to be repainted during their usable life.
Steel deck loading ramps are equipped with textured platforms that optimize grip when walking or operating equipment. This added grip is crucial when operating in rain or snow, as surfaces can quickly become slippery. Wooden decks do not feature any additional grip or texturing and often become extremely slippery during rain or snow, increasing the risk of injury.
Loading docks and portable ramps frequently hold heavy loads and equipment. It is important to ensure that your loading ramp has enough rated capacity for the equipment you use and the materials you handle. Steel loading ramps and decks often provide more rated capacity than wood due to its enhanced durability and strength. Wooden decks can also become weaker and damaged over time, drastically reducing capacity.
When a ramp or loading dock is not in use, it should be stored to free up valuable space. Dura-Ramp’s selection of steel ramps are built with multiple sections that are designed to offer easy assembly and disassembly. Wooden decks, on the other hand, are often one or two larger planks that can be more difficult to install, remove, and store.
To learn more about the benefits of steel loading ramps or to determine which option is right for you, feel free to reach out to the experts at Dura-Ramp. Their team can be reached by phone at 604-795-9799 or through their online contact form.