In Pursuit of Pallets? Read This First!

If you’re like most, purchasing pallets isn’t your full-time pursuit. And it’s likely you have a few questions before you buy. That’s why we’ve compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked inquiries.

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What wood species are used to make pallets?

Wooden pallets can be made with either softwood or hardwood lumber. Southern Yellow Pine is commonly used to make softwood pallets. Oak, Elm, Maple, Ash, and Hickory–to name a few species–are used to make hardwood pallets.

How do I measure a pallet?

Start with the length of the pallet, which is the measure of the stringer or runner, and then add the width, which is the deck board.

How do I know what pallet is right for me?

One pallet does not fit all applications. We can help guide you on the selection process based on the information you provide about your organization and its shipping/logistics needs. It is important to consider, for example, load factors, automation equipment, and pallet material. For more information, refer to our post The Four Ps of Pallet Selection.

Do I need to heat treat my pallets?

When your products are shipped internationally, your pallet must be heat treated to 56 degrees Celsius for thirty minutes. This renders the pallet incapable of being a carrier of invasive species of insects and plant diseases. Heat treatment processes vary depending on the equipment used, the pallet design, and the moisture content of the pallet parts. For more info about this requirement, mandated by the IPPC, refer to our post last month on pallet treatment.

Do I need mold guard for wooden pallets?

Even under the best storage circumstances, pallets can become wet in transit and, anytime moisture is present, mold can grow. There are a variety of mold guard treatments that kill and prevent fungal spores from germinating. The best treatment will depend on the type of wood and how your pallets are stored.

Do you sell plastic pallets?

Yes! Rose Pallet offers both used and new plastic pallets. Custom and standard sizes are available. Varieties include rackable, stackable, nestable, FDA Approved, and Fire Retardant. These plastic pallets vary according to the dynamic load weight you are holding.

Do you remove used pallets from my location?

Yes! Rose Pallet can drop an empty trailer at your location. When you reorder pallets, or when you call us to report a full trailer, we can drop/switch the trailers. This process eliminates the hassle that comes with having live unloads and ensures you always have a trailer on site onto which you can load used pallets or other scrap/waste.

What is your service area?

From our conveniently located Chicago-area office, we provide service to the entire United States.


Don’t see your question on the list? Please reach out to our pallet pros. We’re happy to assist!

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