Optimum storage solutions for different building materials

Not every building material can simply be stored in pallet racking. Many building materials have specific properties that need to be taken into account when planning a new storage solution. The variety of building materials is huge - be it wood, stone, sand or cement. Each building material has its own characteristics that require different considerations. This article therefore shows which aspects need to be considered when storing building materials and how this can be implemented in practice.

Customised concepts for building materials storage

Building materials storage harbours these challenges

First of all, we differentiate between packed or packaged goods and loose products that are in the form of dust and granules, such as sand, gravel and cement.
Each product must be handled appropriately. For this reason, they should be handled in a way that preserves their use and value.

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The different product properties require product-specific storage.

Cantilever racking is generally best for storing long wooden materials in the building materials warehouse, while mouldings and thin boards are best stored in vertical racking. Stackable products can be stored in block storage, while sensitive goods that cannot be stacked should be stored securely in rack storage. It is crucial that the goods are stored dry and, if necessary, frost-free, otherwise dry mortar in paper bags or paints and varnishes, for example, could be damaged.

Loose and pourable materials such as cement, on the other hand, are stored in silos - care must be taken to ensure that the interior of the storage area is clean and dry to prevent mixing or reactions with moisture. However, it is not only the named types of shelving that can be useful for your planning.

Digital storage solutions for building materials

Optimal building material storage with digital solutions

Digital storage solutions are on the rise. It is very important to store and dispatch the building material in accordance with its batch and taking into account the best-before date. Written documentation of building material storage using a warehouse management programme (WMS) is strongly recommended to ensure proper storage.

The use of WMS supports a safe and traceable storage process as well as compliance with the specific properties of the building material in question. The technical systems are customised to your storage structures or production requirements to ensure efficient control. Although the set-up may seem complex, it definitely pays off in the long term in larger areas of application.

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What types of shelving are specifically suitable for building materials?

In addition to the vertical and cantilever racks already mentioned, our logistics partners offer many other systems to your storage solutions for building materials. The following types of racks are also ideally suited for building materials and enable effective use in the warehouse:

Flow racks

Flow racks convince with their compact structure and high density. Especially with homogeneous panels and equivalent building materials, this form of storage is a good option.

Therefore, to make the best use of the available space, the flow racks are quite suitable.


Slide-in shelves

With slide-in racks, you have the advantage of being able to move an entire storage unit in and out as you wish.

This lets you accommodate large quantities of wood products or building materials, while benefiting from the space in the depth of the respective storage system.

Storage platforms

A special form around your storage solutions for building materials are the storage platforms. These are especially helpful for smaller materials and substances that are quickly lost from sight without a concrete allocation.

With the storage platforms, the division always remains logical.

Holistic service

Complete service as an important service

If you are looking for a new storage solution for building materials, the most important thing is a holistic service.
This makes it much easier for you to outsource the entire storage process and ensure constant availability.

Together with our partners, you have the opportunity to significantly increase your handling performance and to rely on a capable partner for order picking.

The new storage systems are adapted at this point exactly according to your preferences and incorporated accordingly.

In this way, you make the best use of the available space in the storage rooms without having to leave unused areas or units behind.

For wood as well as for stone, clay, sand or gravel and all other building materials you are on the safe side here.

Simpler, on time and perfectly coordinated

The right storage solution for every building material

For each building material, there are different storage systems and solutions to obtain the desired efficiency. Therefore, it is important to have an intelligent and comprehensive orientation that allows a flexible response to the respective requirements of the operation.

The right storage solutions for building materials make it much easier to ensure the necessary processing on time and in the best coordinated manner.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team directly.

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