While it’s true that a mezzanine floor is cheaper than a complete warehouse relocation, it’s still a significant investment in the future of a company and their premises. That’s why you want to be sure it’s done right the first time. Thankfully, mezzanines are semi-permanent structures that can be altered to suit changing requirements, but a good foundation is needed.
Here at Doity Engineering Ltd, we have over half a century of experience in providing warehouse mezzanine floors for many different customers for many different reasons. We use this expertise to explain what you need to consider before you consult with an engineering company what you need with your warehouse mezzanine floor.
Health and Safety
As they say, safety comes first, and this is especially important for warehouse mezzanine floors as your employees need to be kept safe at all times. Different features such as staircases and handrails are essential requirements for warehouse mezzanines, so they will be included by the company designing your installation.
You can also often option into other mechanisms to ensure the safety of your staff with fire protective ceilings, smoke alarms, and more. There may also be industry-specific safety requirements that you need to adhere to – be sure to make the company you work with aware of these so they can implement into the design of your mezzanine.
Once you understand and have satisfied your safety requirements, you should then think about what you plan on using your mezzanine floor for and what specific requirements this purpose will demand. Once you know what you’ll use it for and how it will benefit your business, it will become easier for the mezzanine suppliers to work around you as all mezzanines are bespoke.
For example, you might want to think about weight-bearing if you’re adding large machinery or a lot of storage materials that equate to a lot of weight. The mezzanine manufacturer will keep this in mind, but it’s good for you to be aware of this beforehand.
The size and footprint of your warehouse will directly correlate to what warehouse mezzanine you can install. Mezzanines are great for drastically increasing space and, in most applications, can up to double your floorplan – adding a complete other floor.
Before this can happen, though, there needs to be consideration of the height of your warehouse to ensure that there is enough headroom for staff and also adequate height for any equipment or storage facilities you are making the most of.
Lighting, Materials, Design
Finally, you get to have some fun with your mezzanine floor and decide how it looks and works (to a degree). You have to consider how you want your warehouse mezzanine floor to look before construction begins, which includes such considerations as whether you’ll have a suspended ceiling on the underside and what colour you’d like everything to be.
You will also have the opportunity to choose which type of flooring you need on the top, and perhaps may be able to have a say in the style of the balustrade, as well as much more including specifically designed office space and enclosed staircases.
The Right Mezzanine for You
Now it’s time to look for the right mezzanine supplier to implement all of your considerations and ensure they can get everything right. While you have thought about everything you need, however, the company you work with should be able to add onto this and ensure the optimal mezzanine is installed and that you are happy as the customer.
Doity Engineering Ltd
If you are looking for a mezzanine, contact Doity Engineering Ltd today. We make the revolutionary Revlok mezzanine, which renders the need for nuts and bolts useless, therefore drastically reducing the already short construction times of mezzanines.
You can call us today on 01706 646971 or fill out our simple contact form to learn more.