High Density Weapon Storage Floor Covering
- Determine the amount of space available inside the arms room with an Armory Site Survey
- Review the weapon density list against Weapon Rack Storage Capacity
- How many weapon racks do I need?
- Contact us for GSA Weapon Rack Pricing or review NSN Weapon Racks for supply system purchases
- What do you finish the wood decking between High Density Weapon Storage tracks with?
- What type of access ramp should be implemented to enter the system?
- Ask about how to utilize DLA TLS (Tailored Logistics Support) contract
We detailed how High Density Weapon Storage Systems are configured in a previous post: See High Density Weapon Storage blog post for more details
This post is explicitly for High Density Weapon Storage Floor Covering. More details specific to High Density Weapon Storage can be found at the link.
A recap of Mobile carriage systems are available as manual, mechanical assist (hand crank) or electric carriage systems.
- Manual systems have a fixed handle and are dragged from side to side. These types of systems should not be used in armories.
- Mechanical Assist (hand crank) mobile carriage systems are the most common type of system as they have no cost of ownership and are predominantly maintenance free.
- Electric mobile carriage systems are typically only used in larger projects that need advanced safety features or for PIN code access for specific access aisles. These systems require maintenance contracts to have the electronic components serviced and operational.
With track installed on top of an existing concrete slab, you now have a tripping hazard and a build up that requires a wood platform to be built between the tracks with an entrance ramp extending from the first rail to just under the start of the carriage.
Wood decking between tracks creates a platform for armorers to stand on. Wood is leveled with leveling screws and either anchored to the floor or secured with grout balls to keep the floor from bouncing or bowing and deflecting.
There are various options available for wood flooring including fire rated, pre-finished decking and finishing the wood decking with floor covering such as VCT (vinyl commercial tile) or heavy duty rubber flooring.
High Density Weapon Storage Floor Covering Options
Unfinished wood decking is prone to faster wear and tear from shoes, boots, dropped weapons and gear with wood chipping away or cracking being exposed to the elements.
Heavy duty rubber flooring provides another layer of protection above the wood decking. Rubber matting won’t wear down like VCT and protects weapons & gear when being dropped with more of a cushion.
Pre-Finished flooring available as a non-skid option is a better option than unfinished wood decking but leaves highly visible seams between pieces of wood & provides no give for any weapons or gear that might be dropped on it.
Vinyl commercial tile (VCT) are glued down to the wood decking to finish and cover the wood.
Over time, VCT is prone to stress cracks leaving the tile chipped and cracked and ultimately with exposed plywood.
Also important to consider for High Density Mobile Weapon Storage Systems, the entry ramp is the transition between the concrete slab and the first track.
An ADA ramp has a proper angle for utilizing carts for loading or pulling weapons out of your weapon rack system.
ADA Entry Ramp
Entry ramps should be ADA entry ramps that have a slope allowing for each use of carts to go in and out of the system.
Non-ADA Entry Ramp
Some ramps on the market, like this one above are only 8-9″ long and have a very tight angle, making the use of carts difficult to get in and out of the slope of the ramp.