If you are trying to make a mobile hydroponic farm then wood is a major concern for you. A lot of companies want to use wood-based products for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case may be it is not a good idea for your product. The reason why is that wood can attract a lot of pests. The pass can come in the form of insects or they can come in the form of fungi and bacteria. Any of those three will be a problem for your mobile hydroponic farm because those are the types of things that people do not want in their product. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to avoid them as much as possible.

The other problem with using what it is that wood absorbs water. It is even true of wood that is pressure-treated. An article by the University of Massachusetts 1 says that these treatments are good at resisting pests that are attracted to wet wood. What it does not protect against is the absorption of wood as it relates to water. Wood expands and contracts as it gains and loses water over time. It is the reason that pressure-treated decks do not last the number of years that some of the products claim they will. There have been many projects, like porch decks, where treated wood was used, that do not last more than a couple of years. It is because of what the University of Massachusetts said in their article. It means that you, as a hydroponic farmer, will have problems using wood as your structural component for your main growing apparatus. It will weaken over time and cost you more money then a metal-based structure would over time.

Of course, metal does not absorb water as wood does. In fact, if you get galvanized metal then it is mixed with zinc which is known to react faster than the metal with water. Therefore, the zinc oxidizes before the metal which leaves the metal structurally strong. We also have to mention that metal tends to be stronger than wood. Therefore, a pallet rack or decking made of metal lasts longer and is stronger than wood-based products.

We do have to talk about the fact that you want a mobile hydroponic growing apparatus based on what you are looking for right now. You may be thinking that the non-industrial versions of growing racks feature the wheels that make products mobile. However, you can add wheels to a pallet rack or growing rack to make it just as mobile as their consumer counterparts. In fact, you can get the full 360° of movement that the smaller consumer-level products have with their wheels. You still get the full 2500 pounds of uniform distributed weight possible from a larger industrial growing solution like a pallet rack. What you do need to keep in mind is that you should not grow any higher than two or three levels for stability’s sake. You do not want a load of product coming down on you or your employees.

Finally, you may want to consider where you are taking your mobile rack. If you have to cross some rugged round to get to where you are going then you may not like how unstable the more consumer versions of mobile rack are going to feel. The truth is that you can look on Amazon for these chrome looking mobile racks to see that most people feel that they are very unsteady. However, if you take a look at a pallet rack used as a growing rack then you can see that they look and feel very stable. They also are stable when they are mobile depending on what kind of bump you encounter. Obviously, if the bumps are big enough anything will feel unstable because the ground is unstable. You will have to use your common sense but you also have to remember that the industrial versions of growing racks can hold more and be just as mobile as the more consumer versions of the products.

If you are looking for a mobile growing rack or a vertical growing rack then you can click those links otherwise you can call us and we will help you figure out what you need. Call us by dialing 503-536-7218.

Sources:

Contributors, H. S. W. (2000, April 1). How does pressure-treated lumber work? Retrieved from https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-

improvement/remodeling/question278.htm

Wood Myths: Facts and Fictions About Wood: Building and Construction Technology: UMass Amherst. (n.d.). Retrieved from

https:// bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/articles/wood-myths-facts-and-fictions-about-wood/

“A lot of people know that they are going to be selling their wares commercially and go for the bigger items first. You want to make sure that you are ready for commercial/industrial grade systems before you get them.”

Capacity is a massive divide between beginner growers and seasoned veterans of the industry especially if you are talking about commercial vertical farming systems. If you are just starting out then you will not know that there are things that can trip you up in the industry. A lot of people do not know how to cost out their product because there is no reason to do so in the beginning. If you are just dipping your toes into the water to see what kind of market and sales you can generate then it is better to run out of supply then to have too much of it. You may as well figure out what you need to know with small amounts of a product before you start increasing your overhead. If you have a lot of capacity to grow then you should be ready to grow to that capacity. Otherwise, you will have to sell it off or store your rack or shelving unit later. A lot of people know that they are going to be selling their wares commercially and go for the bigger items first. You want to make sure that you are ready for commercial/industrial grade systems before you get them.

If you know that you want a farming system and what type then the next thing to think about is how mobile you need that solution to be when you get it. There are tons of mobile products in the marketplace but you should know that the consumer items you find in places like Costco or Target will only handle around 800 lbs max. You can get industrial grade systems that will handle up to 2500 lbs per level. You need to keep in mind that making those systems mobile will remove some of the capacity that is available because they are mobile. In fact, if you make a rack mobile then you should only go up 2 or 3 levels high for stability’s sake. 

“The reason why is that wood can attract mold, pests, and other irritants that will ruin your crops. Metal does not have the same problem.”

Finally, if you are building a commercial vertical farming system then you want to make sure that it is made of metal and not wood. You might be confused about this fact because there are a lot of products out there that are made out of wood. However, it is not the best type of material for anyone who is trying to grow a crop. The reason why is that wood can attract mold, pests, and other irritants that will ruin your crops. Metal does not have the same problem. There are few animals to none that eat metal. Infestations are a massive problem when it comes to growing anything because you have to clear them out before you sell the product. They can also remain on the product which is not going to look good for you when you sell it to someone. Remember that word of mouth is very powerful in business especially when it is negative. No one wants to find bugs in their product. It will look bad on you and your processes if you ever think about selling the business or getting investors to help your business grow.

If you want a commercial vertical farming system that will scale with your business then have a look at the vertical grow rack there. If you want a more mobile version then have a look at this mobile grow rack. If you want a consumer version of those products then have a look at this grow light shelving unit. You can also call us at 503-536-7218 and ask us questions. We would love to help you and your business grow to the levels you want.

“You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space?”

Space is always an issue when you are trying to grow your crops. If you rent your location then you only have so much room between your walls. If you are at home then you only have so much space you can allocate to your business before it starts interfering with your life. It is at this point that using consumer-level products stops making sense. You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space? You need to reallocate the space you are already using and somehow make it hold more than it does now. The way to do that is to start growing vertically so it no longer is a question of how much space you have between the walls. You want it to become a question of how much space you have been the walls and how much space you have between the floor and the ceiling combined.

What you want and need in your business is a garden rack for plants. Luckily, there are products like that out there. You will not be reinventing the wheel if you start looking for one. You also, for the most part, will not be looked at too funny if you ask for one depending on where you ask. If you walk up to your local grow shop then they might be hard-pressed to find you something that is not consumer level or mid-consumer level. If you ask the internet for this product then you will find a lot of consumer-level products. As you can see, as explained previously, it can be hard to find industrial level growing applications. A look into the first page of Google does not turn up very much in the way of industrial-sized grow racks. Therefore, the question to ask is what level of growing are you planning to do in your business. Are you a consumer-level grower or are you a business on the move and one that needs to have more product. If you are then skipping the consumer level might be smart. The big difference is the amount of product you can grow. A consumer-level product can grow up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial version of the product can grow 2500 lbs per level. A lot of products or plants you can sell later. Obviously, there is a cost difference but there is also a profit level difference. The question is if you think that you can sell enough products to make buying an industrial level shelving unit a no-brainer.

“There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.”

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that many locations have a limit on how much you can grow vertically. You, also, may not reach a level that would be concerning to them but it is best to talk with a business who has dealt with the permit process before. Usually, that means the company from which you are buying a pallet rack or pallet racking system as your garden rack for your plants should be the ones helping you. There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.

Ready to get a garden rack for your plant growing needs? You can have a look at our products by clicking the vertical grow rack and mobile grow rack links. If you feel like you need a consumer-level product then you can click this link for a grow light shelving unit. You can also call us at 503-536-7218 to talk about your needs.

“The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.”

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, who should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea. You just need to be aware that you should only grow vertically 2 to 3 levels in order to keep the stability of your system.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculation guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.

“If you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.”

Your choice of cloning rack is a lot deeper than most people would realize. It can be very surprising when you first enter the industry. It would be much simpler if there were just one cloning rack in the business that was appropriate for everyone and the choices were relegated to that one. However, that is not the case the truth is that many companies make cloning racks for beginner level or consumer level growers. There are also cloning racks that are appropriate for industrial level business types. If you are a beginning grower then you can probably find something that is worthwhile on Amazon or by going to Cosco. However, if you are an industrial-sized growing business then you might be a little frustrated by the number of consumer products that will get in your way. They will get in your way when you try to find an appropriate apparatus for growing your product in industrial amounts.

One of the first things you should think about is the capacity of your cloning rack. Obviously, you can get a consumer-level growing apparatus but there is a limit to how much you can actually put into that structure. A lot of the consumer-level products will hold up to 800 pounds of whatever it is that you are going to put on the structure. It does seem like a lot until you find out that an industrial level growing cloning rack can handle 2500 pounds per level. The amount, in the beginning, might be too much for your business and could cause a problem with your overhead. However, if you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.

“You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well.”

Another issue that you need to think about is how mobile do you need your cloning rack to be on a daily basis. A lot of the consumer-level products are mobile. That is to say that they include wheels that allow you to push them around as you need. You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well. Although, there will be a difference in weight you can still move them around as you need. If you have the room for them to be able to be pushed around or spun in a 360° motion then you, basically, have consumer-level mobility and industrial level growing capacity.

A thing you should think about if you are thinking about going mobile is that you do lessen your ability to grow vertically. There are several issues that have to do with this but one of them has to be the overall stability of the system. Obviously, you do not want to make it so that it is dangerous to work around your growing apparatus. You are an urban farmer and a vertical grower. Someone has to be able to get in to do the daily maintenance that needs to be done on your crops. Therefore, you want it to be as safe as possible for you or your employees to work around these racks. If you do choose to make your cloning rack mobile in an industrial situation then keep in mind that you probably do not want more than two or three levels.

If you feel like you need more help with your cloning racks or selecting a cloning rack then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also have a look at these vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks by clicking the links.

“Therefore, you want to make sure you know your profit/production ratios before you scale up. Jumping in head first can work but it is not recommended.”

The first thing to ask yourself if you are going to get a mobile grow shelving unit is if you are a beginner grower or a professional grower. The difference is that one of them is dipping their toes into the water and the other knows the business and all the pitfalls already. The latter has decided to stick it out and really try to grow a business in the industry. There really is no problem with being either one of these two types of people. In fact, it is a pretty normal cycle of being one or the other. The reason is that you have to decide if you are going for consumer-level grows and profits or the industrial level grows and profits.

Of course, everyone would like to have big profits and big amounts of products. However, that is not always a great idea because your business processes may not be able to handle it yet. A weird thing for us to say but we would rather have a long term relationship with you than have a short term one. If you really needed a smaller grow then you could get this shelving kit here. If you are a serious business with your feet on the ground and ready to hold your ground on that spot then you should look at more robust solutions such as these vertical growing racks or mobile racks. There is no shame in testing the waters and limiting your spending until you know, for sure, that you are ready to grow to that level.

“Mold, mildew, and pests are a problem if you use wood. They will be attracted to the wood and they may cause you problems. You are far less likely to get these problems if you stay away from racks or shelving units made of wood.”

What is the big difference between commercial and consumer level products? The sturdiness of the product is one thing. Many of the consumer-level products are made to hold around 800 lbs. The industrial level products can handle 2500 lbs per level. If you have two or three levels then this really starts to add up and you can see how the profit levels and production levels change when you move up from consumer-level products to the bigger more robust solutions. Of course, your cost also goes up. Therefore, you want to make sure you know your profit/production ratios before you scale up. Jumping in head first can work but it is not recommended. You should wait until you know your market and how many sales you can, dependably, pick up every week or month. Therefore, an honest answer about which business you are is essential to picking the right rack for your business.

You should also consider that a lot of consumer-level products are made of wood which is extremely bad for what you are doing. It seems like a great idea because it is organic and like the environment where the plant comes from but that same thought process brings you to what the problem is if you take it out far enough. Mold, mildew, and pests are a problem if you use wood. They will be attracted to the wood and they may cause you problems. You are far less likely to get these problems if you stay away from racks or shelving units made of wood. Wood is also not as strong as metal which means that you can hold less product even at the consumer level. You are better off selecting a product that is made of metal or steel in either case.

If you are looking for mobile grow shelving then you have to make sure you are choosing one made of steel. If you want a consumer-level product then look at this cannabis shelving unit. If you are an industrial level business then look at this mobile grow rack or this vertical grow rack.

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

“A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, should be using it.”

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculations guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.

The sustainability of cannabis growth comes into question again because of the amount of energy consumed in order to make it. Rules and taxes have been made to encourage cannabis growers to find ways of generating their own power. However, an organization, Resource Innovation Institute is holding a conference to talk about it called the Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference.

Key Takeaways:

  • A group of leaders within the cannabis industry is meeting together in San Diego to talk about how to stem the use of power as it relates to producing cannabis.
  • Energy consumption from the production of the plant has been high which has caused taxes and other incentives to try to get companies to produce their own power.
  • Several people are scheduled to speak on a wide range of topics within the cannabis industry as well as the power consumption problem.

Quote: “Key considerations are the carbon and energy implications of indoor controlled environments. Drawing from the experiences of early models, the conference objective was to explore energy solutions for all forms of indoor agriculture but a core focus for good reason was on the exponentially growing cannabis sector and the implications of increased energy demands and use.” (Miller, 2020)

Link to article:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/global-warming-meets-indoor-agriculture-162526718.html

“You can see the University of Massachusetts article where they talk about this fact in the sources below. Treatments do not protect the wood from water but it does protect it from the pests, fungi, and other things that like wet wood. The treatments are designed to protect you from microscopic or visible pests destroying your product according to that article.1

Looking for garden beams for your vertical grow rack? It is not easy to find because there are not a lot of companies that deal with your type of business. If you try to go to other companies then it might be confusing what you need for your business. There are a lot of choices as far as beam length. The truth of the matter is that you probably do not need the capacities that the longer beams can give you. The beam we will link to in this post has a capacity of 2,700 lbs. Keep in mind that this is the capacity for two beams as you will need two to form the shelf level. The capacities we talk about here are for two beams and not one. If you try to use one beam then you will have an incomplete shelf level and it will not hold 2,700 lbs.

The garden beams you select should be made of steel or some sort of metal. The reason why is that steel or metal does not attract bugs that eat a wood made product. Insects can bring a variety of bacteria and such with them. Therefore, you want to avoid contact with them on your product. Steel and metal also do not attract mold, spores, and/or mildew like wood does. In general, if there is a pest associated with wood then you are going to avoid it by using metal or steel. Pests can ruin your product and make your overhead much higher. You may as well get as much product as you can out of your harvests by using metal or steel. If you have more product then you have the potential to sell more which is what we all want.

“The truth of the matter is that you probably do not need the capacities that the longer beams can give you. The beam we will link to in this post has a capacity of 2,700 lbs. Keep in mind that this is the capacity for two beams as you will need two to form the shelf level.”

Also, remember, you are working around water on these garden beams. Wood tends to absorb water even if you use pressure-treated wood. It also releases that water over time which causes the inner twisting and turning of wood and cracks or distorts it. You can see the University of Massachusetts article where they talk about this fact in the sources below. Treatments do not protect the wood from water but it does protect it from the pests, fungi, and other things that like wet wood. The treatments are designed to protect you from microscopic or visible pests destroying your product according to that article.1 Metal garden beams do not have this problem. The beams we carry also have a powder coat on them. A lot of places mention that they have it too but they never tell you what it does. If you have wondered why you should care then you should know that the powder coat gives the metal, or steel, an extra layer of protection against corrosion, rusting and scratches. Steel and metal also do not interact with water as fast or the same way that wood does. If you get galvanized steel then you have a product that uses zinc to make sure that the interactivity is lessened to an even greater degree. The zinc reacts to the water instead of the steel which means that the steel stays stronger for an even longer amount of time than normal steel. The zinc will corrode or rust first which leaves your steel strong.2

Finally, there is the initial permit process you have to think about and the subsequent inspection processes. You might get away with wood beams in an inspection depending on where you are located. The inspector will not be happy to see it, however. In fact, there are many times where that means that you cannot grow as high in your business. It all depends on where you are located but containment of fires is an issue with products that reach towards the sky. Many of the codes are written in a way where wood-based products are not allowed to store products as high because of their flammable nature. It is something to keep in mind when you are selecting what garden beam you will use in your business.

If you need more help selecting a garden beam for your business then give us a call. You can dial us by calling  503-536-7218. If you are ready to get a steel or metal-based garden beam for your business then click that link and have a look at that product.

Sources:

Contributors, H. S. W. (2000, April 1). How does pressure-treated lumber work? Retrieved from https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-

improvement/remodeling/question278.htm

Wood Myths: Facts and Fictions About Wood: Building and Construction Technology: UMass Amherst. (n.d.). Retrieved from

https:// bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/articles/wood-myths-facts-and-fictions-about-wood/

Tampa Steel. (2020, January 31). What Is Galvanized Steel?: Does Galvanized Steel Rust?: Tampa Steel. Retrieved from https://tampasteel.com/what-is-galvanized-metal/

“You may have a grow tray between the water and the wood but you still may have accidents where water will get on the wood… If you do not catch it soon enough then you may find that you have a very heavy shelf of plants and water coming down on you in a very dangerous way. Obviously, this is something you want to avoid.”

It might seem like this is obvious but sometimes it is not for some people. You have to ask if the hydroponic shelving you are trying or looking to procure is actually water-resistant or waterproof. The fact is that most things that we think of as “waterproof” are actually water-resistant. However, there are varying degrees of water resistance as evidenced by the IP categories you find on some products. We could go into depth about that but most of those ratings do not exist, for the most part, for the industry you are inside of right now. What we are talking about is the water-resistance of the frame of the shelving you want to get for your hydroponic growing system or apparatus.

Pressure-treated wood is not as water-resistant as you think it is or should be. The University of Massachusetts has an article about pressure-treated wood and why you see so many decks with the compound used on them being thrown away after a few years instead of the 40 years it is supposed to be able to last. The reason is that the treatment protects against mold, fungus, and other pests but not water. The article says that the treated wood still absorbs and releases water which causes the wood to move and crack over time.1 It is the reason you see many water pressure treated decks go away because of this constant movement eventually wears down the wood. If you apply this knowledge to the fact that you are going to be growing hydroponically then you might see the problem. You may have a grow tray between the water and the wood but you still may have accidents where water will get on the wood. You may find that one of your trays has worn down over time and started to leak. If you do not catch it soon enough then you may find that you have a very heavy shelf of plants and water coming down on you in a very dangerous way. Obviously, this is something you want to avoid.

“You may find that one of your trays has worn down over time and started to leak. If you do not catch it soon enough then you may find that you have a very heavy shelf of plants and water coming down on you in a very dangerous way. Obviously, this is something you want to avoid.”

Another thing to keep in mind is that wood is not as strong as metal. You could have hydroponic shelving made out of wood but it is not going to be an optimized shelving unit for the future. It will have the problems we mentioned in the previous paragraph and it might not handle the weight very well either. You could have the same problem from the previous paragraph where the shelf falls on you which could injure you or your workers. Wood, being an organic living compound, for the most part, has weaker strength properties than metal which is, obviously, much more solid. If you intend on growing up to an industrial scale then you want to have a system that can grow to that level and with your business. Of course, profitability and money are an issue. However, if you have the money then you should go with the metal option for your hydroponic shelving units.

“The last thing you should be aware of for your hydroponic shelves is, if you want to have a legal shelving unit, then you need to consider, if the company selling you the product has seismic calculations available for the particular unit you are trying to buy.”

We should mention that you will have to make a choice between consumer-level products and industrial level products. Many consumer-level products say that they are “industrial strength” products. Most “industrial strength” consumer-level products hold up to 800 lbs. If you are just a beginner then this might be more than enough. If you are an intermediate to advanced or experienced grower then you want true industrial strength which would be 2500 lbs per level. Keep in mind that a lot of the 800 lbs products will grow vertically but only to that level. You can have a shelving or rack system that can hold 2500 lbs per level and can grow vertically up to the legal limits as defined by your local government.

The last thing you should be aware of for your hydroponic shelves is, if you want to have a legal shelving unit, then you need to consider, if the company selling you the product has seismic calculations available for the particular unit you are trying to buy. Local governments vary from place to place based on the seismic activity underneath them, however, most people do have these calculations as a necessary component of the permit process. You need to make sure that you are getting this for your business or else you may face a situation where you cannot use your hydroponic shelving unit. You may have to store it or disassemble it. You may have to have it modified to fit the parameters of the rules. It might even end up being cheaper to purchase a new unit instead of having the seismic calculations and modifications done to the unit so you can use it.

If you want to have good shelving you can use for your hydroponic shelving, at an industrial level, then you have come to the right business. You can call us at 503-536-7218 to talk about your needs. You can also click the links to see vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks you can use for your business.

Sources:

Contributors, H. S. W. (2000, April 1). How does pressure-treated lumber work? Retrieved from https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-

improvement/remodeling/question278.htm

Wood Myths: Facts and Fictions About Wood: Building and Construction Technology: UMass Amherst. (n.d.). Retrieved from

https:// bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/articles/wood-myths-facts-and-fictions-about-wood/