Looking to increase the available space in your warehouse? Mezzanine floors are 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.
Local authorities and planning
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.
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 is simple compared to relocating or adding floors to existing buildings.
Steel is used for structural integrity and longevity and the key components are columns, main beams, purlins (to support the floor and ceiling) and decking. Additional accessories include staircases, handrails, lifts, pallet gates and more.
What are the benefits?
Namely, space and cost. The twofold benefits of mezzanine flooring are the potential doubling of a given area within 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 spacial 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.
What are the height requirements?
Approximately 5 metres of head room is required to construct a single level of mezzanine.
Types of mezzanine available
Office mezzanines: 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.
Storage and practical mezzanines: additional storage and production space represents the bulk of mezzanine flooring use. When an existing warehouse is no longer big enough for a business to function or grow, a mezzanine can maximise your investment in the space and lower costs by preventing premature relocation. 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.
How do you design a mezzanine?
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.