I am under the assumption that any racking above 8' must use wire decking instead of wood stickers. Is this a standard in written document form or a store specific guideline?
Depends on a lot of things, rack size, racks together, what ou are storing, etc.
You can sometimes actually have solid shelves
So there is no general standard? This is for storage of materials on pallets.
Yes there are standards.
The problem is there are alot of variables. So there is no one answer.
My general answer to your question is it normally does not matter if you use wire or wood. My call is if you use wood, you must have 50% opening in the shelve.
188.8.131.52* Solid Shelving. Shelving that is fixed in place, slatted, wire mesh, or other type of shelves located within racks. The area of a solid shelf is defined by perimeter aisle or flue space on all four sides or by the placement of loads that block openings that would otherwise serve as the required flue spaces. Solid shelves having an area equal to or less than 20 ft2 (1.9 m2) are defined as open racks. Shelves of wire mesh, slats, or other materials more than 50 percent open and where the flue spaces are maintained are defined as open racks.
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