Mezzanines: Everything You Need to Know
Mezzanines consist of elevated floors or platforms installed between the floor and ceiling. Used primarily in warehouses and retail spaces, mezzanines are free-standing steel structures that can easily be moved and dismantled. The flooring is normally comprised of steel, concrete, wood product finished floors, or b-decking. In a warehouse environment, mezzanines are ideal for maximizing space by building vertically. Once the mezzanine has been constructed, the area below is made accessible for storage or other purposes.
Benefits of Mezzanines
No Need to Relocate. With a growing business, it’s easy to run out of storage space in your warehouse, especially if your business involves extensive shipping and handling. With the installation of a mezzanine, you won’t risk outgrowing your facility. You can add substantial space to your warehouse, without having to relocate. Not only does this improve the workflow of your business; it saves you money and time.
Easy Setup. Instead of building an add-on to your warehouse, or purchasing an additional facility, a mezzanine allows you to work with what you have, without disrupting work flow. Installation is fast, easy, and efficient. Within days, you can have a new system up and running.
Increased Retail Space. If your facility sells products directly to customers, a mezzanine doubles as a perfect display platform and storage area. Use the platform to set up product displays, create demo areas, add an office, or store speciality items. You can transform the look and appeal of your warehouse without relocating or breaking the bank.
Customizable Design. Part of what makes mezzanines so unique is their ability to be adjusted or expanded to meet the individual needs of your warehouse. After all, no two warehouses are the same.
Types of Mezzanines
Rack-Supported. This style of mezzanine is less heavy, and offers the option of a catwalk or storage area. These efficient space-savers allow significant storage, are cost-effective, and have adjustable shelving areas.
Column-Connected. These structures rely on the warehouse frame for support, and are designed to store additional products.
Shelving-Supported. Ideal for storing smaller items, these mezzanines are an economical option. They are, however, more difficult to reconfigure.
Free-Standing. Also known as “equipment platforms” this type of mezzanine offers a large space to hold heavy items and machinery, and is an ideal option for adding storage at floor level and mezzanine level.
Adding a mezzanine to your warehouse can save money, increase storage space, and allow for customizable design. At The Material Handler, we provide expert logistical planning in Burlington, Toronto, and Mississauga. If you are interested in redesigning your warehouse space, and improving your return on investment, get in touch with us today at The Material Handler.