Your Ultimate Guide to Industrial Mezzanine Flooring
Looking to increase the available space in your warehouse? Mezzanine flooring is an increasingly popular option. It’s easy to see why, what with the benefits of doubling the usable space in any given area. You’ll have more space for storage, offices or whatever functionality you prefer – and all without the hassle of moving to a new premises.
Here’s everything you need to know before starting your own mezzanine flooring project.
What is a mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor is an additional floor that can be added to your warehouse facility. It is not structurally integral to the building, meaning that installation and removal are simple compared to relocating or adding floors to existing buildings. In fact, mezzanine flooring can be fitted and installed in far less time than you think, with minimal disruption to your business.
By installing a mezzanine floor, you create additional space in your warehouse. This space can be used to accommodate offices, maximise storage space and workspace.
What is a mezzanine floor made of?
Mezzanine floors are commonly made from steel for structural integrity and longevity. The key components of a mezzanine floor consist of:
- main beams
- purlins (to support the floor and ceiling)
Additional accessories include:
- mezzanine staircases
- pallet gates
- and more!
Benefits of mezzanine floors
The benefits of mezzanine flooring are namely, space and cost. A carefully designed mezzanine floor can potentially double the given area in your warehouse, without the need to construct new facilities or rent another premises.
That means extending the time it takes for your business to outgrow your current spatial resources. You are likely to save money by not paying extra business rates over a long period of time, too, though this will depend on your use of the space and regional differences in planning law.
Designing a mezzanine floor
Most Mezzanines are bespoke and fitted specifically to a warehouse workspace. Designing the mezzanine is usually carried out by specialists, such as Rack Storage Systems. Though some components are standard, every mezzanine we design and install is different in some way from the last. This is because each building has its own quirks and requirements to make a mezzanine work. So, by allowing us to design your mezzanine floor you can be sure that your mezzanine will be a solution tailored to your business and what you will be using the flooring for.
What are the height requirements when designing mezzanines?
Approximately 5 metres of headroom is required to construct a single level of mezzanine.
What are mezzanine floors used for?
The great thing about mezzanine floors is that they are highly versatile and be used for many different uses.
Combining a partition office and a mezzanine can be a brilliant way to create smarter spaces for clients and employees alike. Whether you have office space beneath, or on top of the mezzanine – or both – you can be sure that this space will be indispensable to your business in no time.
Warehouse mezzanines for storage
Storage is always a major issue in warehousing facilities. When an existing warehouse no longer has enough room for storage, a mezzanine can maximise your investment in the space and lower costs by preventing premature relocation.
Industrial mezzanines for production
Similarly to storage issues, warehousing facilities can run out of production space as business grows. With minimal disruption, this type of mezzanine can be constructed in a short period of time and begin doing wonders for productivity the very same day that it’s completed.
The use of mezzanine flooring in the retail environment is very popular. By adding mezzanine into retail spaces, retailers can maximise shelf space and nearly double their square meterage, leading to increased profits.
What are the types of mezzanine floors available?
As mentioned already, most components of the mezzanine are standard. However, depending on what you are using the mezzanine for, different types of materials may be used.
Wooden mezzanine is a popular choice due to its appearance and durability. Similar to our mezzanine chipboard floorboards, this type of flooring is easy and cost-effective to install and maintain.
Bar grating mezzanine
Bar grating mezzanine is commonly used due to its strength and durability, making them ideal for creating additional storage space. This type of flooring are made from materials such as aluminium, carbon steel and stainless steel.
Steel diamond plate mezzanine
This type of flooring is made from 12 gauge steel plates that are diamond or checked patterns, making it slip and skid resistant. It is a popular choice due to its strength and endurance.
Other aspects to consider
Do you need planning permission for mezzanine flooring?
It’s a little known fact that mezzanine floor design is dependent upon the area of the UK that your business is located. This will have a bearing on the planning laws dictating what kind of mezzanine is permitted. For advice specific to your location, get in touch with a reputable mezzanine installer.
Rack Storage Systems is a leading storage solutions specialist with a whole host of products to improve how your warehouse functions. We are the experts when it comes to partition offices, mezzanine floors, racking systems, security cages, moving and handling equipment and workshop and picking products. For storage on a large scale in Welwyn Garden City and surrounding areas, you need look no further. Contact us today to find out more.