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3 Considerations When You Buy Timber Skids for Your Storage Shed

by Jennifer Jones

When you begin to develop your seasonal storage options in a storage shed or garage, you may end up buying skids to help. Timber skids will help keep items off the ground and help with organization as well. If you have never purchased skids before, there are a few considerations you need to keep in mind. Here are three of those considerations and what you need to know about each one.

1. Ventilation Considerations 

The first thing you need to consider is if you will need ventilation with your timber skids. Skids can come in two different styles. These styles are an open skid planking style that leaves spaces between each plank. A closed style that has the planks joined together with no spacing. If you need ventilation in addition to keeping your items off the ground, then the open planking timber skid would be the ideal option. For example, if you have firewood or large pallets of livestock food that will be stored, then you would want the open design. If you are stacking boxes or crates, then the closed design would work.

2. Weather Treatment

Some companies that manufacture timber skids will not pre-treat the timber prior to assembly. This can be an issue for you if you will be storing items that cannot get damp or you are concerned about water-related exposure. When you place your order for the skids, make sure to ask if they are weather treated and sealed.  If they are not, ask if that is a service the manufacturer will offer. Most will offer it at an additional price.

3. Load Limits

You will need to have an idea of the load weight you will be placing on the timber skids. Remember, each skid is made to withstand a certain amount of weight. You will need to let the manufacture know the weight maximum so they can point you in the direction of the right skids for the job. You will also need to know if you will be adding to the weight over the year or the season as your preps build or storage needs change. This will play a role in if you need to purchase more skids later.

These are just three of the considerations to keep in mind when you buy timber skids for your storage shed. If you are ready to buy skids, contact your local pallet and skid manufacturing company or contractor. They can help you with your order, delivery, and any questions you have including pricing.