Heat treated pallets are designed for durability and longevity. The heat treatment process not only helps to eliminate pests but it also reduces the wood’s moisture content, which can enhance its lifespan by making it less susceptible to mold, fungus, and decay. Typically, the lifespan of a heat treated pallet can vary widely depending on several factors such as:

The type of wood used

Hardwood pallets tend to last longer than softwood pallets.

How you store the heat treated pallets

Pallets kept indoors or in dry conditions will last longer than those exposed to damp or outdoor environments.

The load they carry

Pallets that regularly carry heavy loads or are overloaded may wear out faster than those carrying lighter loads.

How frequently the heat treated pallets are being used.

Pallets used less frequently will naturally last longer than those in constant circulation.

On average, a well-made heat-treated pallet can last anywhere from 3 to 5 years or more depending on how they are stored and usage. Some can last up to 10 years if they are lightly used and well-maintained.

This is a very general guideline. Regular inspection and maintenance, such as repairing broken boards or reinforcing weak points, can also extend the life of a pallet.

At Edwards and Ross, we also recycle wooden pallets so if your heat treated pallets are no longer suitable for use, let us know and we can arrange pick up.