Plain Pallets on 21 November 2018

When you own or run a business that handles stock kept in pallets, water, dirt, dust, insects, grime can all cause costly contaminations. Accidents or acts of nature happen which are completely out of our control. So, part of running that business is to think about how to protect your stock as best you can.

The weather is one of those things that’s totally out of our control. We can try and predict it but we never really know what it’s about to do. That’s why we have to prepare for it. And making sure the products and items kept inside wooden pallets are covered by a weather resistant cover is one way to do it.

There are a few different options to choose from, depending on what conditions you’re preparing for. But the first thing to choose is the material.

What material is used

The first thing to choose from is whether you’re going to go for a cover or tarp. Pallet covers are typically made from Breathable Polyethylene, pallet tarps are usually made from woven polyester. You can also purchase thermal pallet covers for items which need to be kept at a certain temperature.

What’s the difference?

Generally, the plastic covers will be a better use of your money because they last longer. Additives like UV blockers can be added to help them withstand the sun’s rays. They’re also reusable so you can use them as frequently as you update your stock.

Then there’s thermal pallet covers. These are insulated Pallet Jackets that can be slipped over your stock to help keep it at the temperature it needs to be – perfect for transporting and storing both hot and cold food. These covers are so well insulated, you can use them alongside well-frozen ice packs to keep your items cool even in temperature spikes – alleviating the need for costly cold storage transport.

Are they waterproof?

Most covers are water resistant and can protect your product from light rain during transport, liquid spills, and splashes – so if you’re using these it’s best to bring your packed pallets inside if heavy rain is forecast.

Waterproof pallet covers are available but you’re limited to the colour, size, and shape. These are mostly elasticised so as to make sure the pallet covers are water tight and your pallets are completely protected.

Are they reusable?

You can purchase both reusable and non-reusable covers with no real difference to the quality. Although it’s worth noting, choosing reusable will help keep them out of landfill.

How do I know which one is right for me?

The first thing to do is evaluate the extent of protection you need. What do you think the most damaging element your pallets will be exposed to is, how much excessive movement could happen during transit, do you need to keep it at a certain temperature – hot or cold – and ultimately what’s your budget? Then speak to an expert who will be able to advise which sort of pallet cover will suit your needs.