A mezzanine floor is a means of creating additional floor space or multiple levels of additional floor space that are independent of a warehouse’s building structure. A mezzanine floor is a steel structure comprising of vertical steel columns that support horizontal primary steel beams which are used for the connection of secondary steels, which are commonly referred to as purlins.
The purlins are then decked with chipboard to create the new floor surface. Typically a mezzanine floor requires a means of access and exit (usually via a steel staircase), protection against falls on any perimeter (usually handrail to exposed edges) and ancillaries to facilitate the movement of goods on to and off the floor (Usually a pallet gate or goods lift).
Within a warehouse a mezzanine floor can have varying uses. They are very flexible solutions and if they are designed correctly in the first instance can be very flexible for current and future use.
If the correct considerations are made at the design stage, A mezzanine floor can be designed in such a way that it can be easily extended or adapted in the future and can even change uses depending on the changing needs of the company. For instance a mezzanine designed for storage use can be easily adapted to office space if required. Popular uses for mezzanines are detailed below.
BENEFITS,COST & INSTALL
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A WAREHOUSE MEZZANINE?
The benefits of installing a mezzanine floor within a warehouse are fantastic. As they allow you to think about your building by its cubic capacity rather than by its general ground floor footprint, so it opens up many benefits.
This means you may not actually require the size of building you first thought, which in turn brings its own benefits (reduced rates/rent/bills etc). It also allows you to think of expansion, so if you are worried about taking on a building that is too large and putting your business at risk by stretching your budget, you can find a healthy compromise knowing that in the future you can increase storage, office or production space by moving up.
Depending on its use, a mezzanine floor in a warehouse could be exempt from rates, again giving you more space at a cheaper cost. The other advantage is it enables you to keep your ground floor clear for the important stuff like manufacturing or production. By keeping stock items (or your office space) in the air, it will allow you to better plan your ‘flow’ within the warehouse, in turn increasing productivity.
HOW MUCH DOES A MEZZANINE FLOOR COST?
The cost of the mezzanine floor is all dependant on the use and the requirements of the mezzanine floor. Because mezzanine floors are bespoke structures it’s very difficult to provide a price without the completion of a site survey and design.
One thing is for sure, they are cheaper than the cost of acquiring a new building or sourcing external storage space, and when you consider the varying means of acquiring a mezzanine floor, for example through lease or hire purchase. The cost of the monthly payment will be significantly less than the revenue you generate below or above the mezzanine floor by increasing your businesses output potential.
HOW DO I GET A MEZZANINE INSTALLED?
So now you are looking at your warehouse space by its cubic capacity rather than its 2d footprint, you need to obtain a quotation for your mezzanine floor. The best option would be to contact a specialist mezzanine floor contractor (like Nexus) to visit your premises to identify the possibilities. A capable mezzanine floor company should offer the services detailed below.