Roll Form Rack vs. Structural Rack

Structural steel storage racks are made from hot steel which is rolled to make I beams and C channels. Structural steel is one of the strongest known building materials.


Roll form rack starts as a coil of steel.  While it is flat, the steel is processed through a punch that punches the holes which will later be used to attach the beams. After the steel has been punched it is sent through rollers which shape the steel.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Roll Form Advantages:

  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • Uses less steel which reduces cost
  • High weight capacities
  • Less expensive to install

Roll Form Disadvantages:

  • Damage requires immediate repair or replacement
  • Strong because of its shape, but once compromised, it loses its strength
  • Easily damaged
  • Requires more maintenance than structural

Structural Advantages:

  • Bolted Connection
  • More abuse / impact resistant
  • Can cut and weld for repair

Structural Disadvantages:

  • More expensive
  • Heavier
  • More expensive to install