Good quality, durable shelving is integral to the efficient functioning of industrial and commercial enterprises. If the integrity of your shelving has become compromised due to damage, or it is no longer effectively meeting your needs, it is time to look at revamping or replacing it. The question at the forefront of a project manager’s mind is, without a doubt, which is the cheaper option?
Whether it will be cheaper to revamp or replace shelving depends largely on the extent of the damage and repairs needed, or the extent to which the shelving has become redundant. Looking at the latter scenario, if the shelving in your warehouse or other work venue is no longer an efficient use of space, you could first consider adjusting or accessorising it – thereby revamping it to give it new, improved functionality. If the shelving is steel, wire or another easily adjustable type, its decking and dimensions can likely be customised to meet your new requirements.
Damage is a different consideration entirely. While industrial shelving is designed to last, it is subject to daily wear and tear, overloading, and the negative effects of frequent adjustments. It may become dented, bent, or start tilting – or even, in a worst-case scenario, collapse, putting workers and products at risk. In order to keep the workplace safe and functioning smoothly, regular inspections are needed, as is the performance of basic care and routine maintenance.
If shelving has suffered only minor damage, such as small amounts of rust, the odd dent, and a few missing bolts or clips, repairs can be done easily. Small parts can typically be replaced without much trouble. More extensive repairs generally still tend to be easier to perform than the replacement of entire shelving systems. As long as the shelving can be repaired in place, revamping is faster and less disruptive to workplace activities. Damaged sections can be taken out and substituted with reinforced parts, making the structure stronger than it was originally. Revamping may also be better for the environment, in that there is no need to dispose of the old shelving.
However, in some cases, the shelving may be too extensively damaged to allow for repairs, or the needs of the workplace entirely changed so that even accessorising and adjustment are insufficient. In such cases, it is ultimately cheaper to replace, rather than attempt to revamp, the shelving. It is not necessary to purchase brand new shelving to do this; high quality second-hand shelving is available at very affordable prices. If acquired from a reputable company, it will have been professionally refurbished and be almost as good as new. In addition, it may be possible to recoup some of the expenses by selling your old shelving – particularly if it is not damaged, but simply redundant – to the same company.
Whether it is cheaper to revamp or replace shelving depends on the condition of the shelving and the requirements of the warehouse or other work space in which it is being used. In all cases, cost-efficiency and safety are the primary concerns.