Should I Add a Mezzanine Floor to My Warehouse?
Is your warehouse beginning to run out of space? Rather than relocating to a larger facility, one way to add space to your existing warehouse is to install a mezzanine floor. A mezzanine floor is an additional floor that is created between two existing stories of your facility. The mezzanine floor is a freestanding structure that can be built with a variety of materials. Mezzanine floors are beneficial because they are a cost effective way to add space to your warehouse. However, there are also a number of considerations you should take into account before installing a mezzanine floor.
Benefits of Mezzanine Floors
Mezzanine floors are beneficial for your warehouse for a few key reasons. First, mezzanine floors are easy to fit in your current facility. They do not require you to make any permanent changes, and they are fairly easy and fast to install. Second, mezzanine floors are flexible in terms of how they can be used. You may want to use your mezzanine floor to store seasonal or high-value product. Many warehouses also utilize mezzanine floors to create office space or a kitchen for employees.
Finally, mezzanine floors are also advantageous because they are a cost-effective solution to the problem of a lack of space. By installing a mezzanine floor, you can add up to 50% more floor space without spending a lot of money on renovations or on moving to a new facility. Installing a mezzanine floor is also much less of an interruption to your business than other options, which means you lose less money during the renovation.
Factors to Consider
There are also a few factors you should take into consideration before installing a mezzanine floor. You will need to determine not only what the mezzanine will be used for, but also how you will access it, such as with a lift, steps, or conveyor. You will also need to ensure that your mezzanine is structurally capable of handling the product that you want to store (if you are using it for product storage).
Another consideration is safety; your mezzanine will need to be properly protected with barriers or gating. In addition, you will need to consider where in your warehouse you will install the mezzanine and what materials you will use. Finally, to install a mezzanine floor you must obtain the necessary approval from your local department for building regulations.