Once determined that mezzanine flooring is the most suitable way to increase space, there are certain elements required for consideration. This post highlights such necessary aspects whilst providing a good overview on getting the most from a mezzanine. So where do we start?
Begin with ‘Purpose’
It’s important to determine specifically where a mezzanine is to be placed and what it will be used for. For example, if you’re a retail outlet you’ll be looking to create more space to display items. The finished product needs to be functional yet look inviting. Overall results will need to be sturdy and long-lasting.
On the other hand;
It may only be for storage making this solution highly cost effective. This particular type of mezzanine is more functional than aesthetic. This type of storage solution is perfect for many factories, warehouses and similar outlets and could even be the difference between moving premises and not.
If neither of those are relevant;
Additional office space may be required with results offering a modern, stylish finish. Similarly to the above, a mezzanine can mean not having to move equipment and a dedicated team to a brand new workspace. Not only can a business easily expand it saves money along the way.
You must determine exactly how much space is required to accommodate mezzanine flooring. Do you have the perfect design ideas already in your head? Are these thoughts actually feasible? Contemplate the people who will be using this new space and make sure access is straightforward for everyone. Do you have a lift available?
But that’s not all;
Safety is paramount. You must inspect and comply with all the necessary fire safety guidelines. Ignoring these leaves a company in breach of Health and Safety regulations. Understanding mezzanine features is beneficial. These may include automatic fire detection, emergency lighting or fire walls and sprinkler systems. Escape routes must also be determined.
And if all that’s not enough;
Envisage the temperature and remember heat rises. Correct levels of ventilation are necessary for everyone within a building. A stuffy environment can be responsible for reduced productivity whilst proving highly uncomfortable. Having considered the above factors it’s time to move forwards in creating the perfect mezzanine flooring addition to suit your requirements.
Our blog today investigated the benefits of mezzanine flooring. We will provide a clear definition, how mezzanine floors work and how they add value to businesses.
What is a Mezzanine Floor?
Located between the main floors of a building, a mezzanine extends from one side but does not meet the other. Because it doesn’t stretch the entirety of the building area it is not considered a main floor. A mezzanine usually shares the same ceiling as the floor below.
Now we have described this specific floor type, let’s take a look at some of the advantages.
Increase Floor Space
The addition of mezzanine flooring means a company has the ability to create extra space without going down the extension route. The latter may require planning permission and can be a lengthy process. When a company requires space quickly and does not wish to move premises, mezzanine floors are straightforward and cost effective solutions.
Ideal for Flexibility
An entire array of industries benefit from mezzanine floors. Using warehouses as an example, the needs of each space are unique. This style of flooring offers bespoke designs suitable to individual needs. Warehouses are given flexibility to ensure the creation of additional space.
The inclusion of an extra floor gives companies more space. Larger capacity is likely to decrease any clutter previously building up. A mezzanine installation in this instance increases efficiency due to the new space. Health and Safety gains a huge tick with accident risks lowered. Employees have the ability to go about daily tasks without disruption and in a more timely fashion.
Long Term Solution
We’ve briefly mentioned how mezzanines work well in warehouses. We use this example due to the fast paced nature of the environment. During high demand, products will be ordered in bulk with storage essential. An extra floor in this instance provides a quick fix and when built properly, has the ability to last for many years to come. Mezzanine floors are a great way for warehouses to maximise storage capacity without having to investigate moving.
Easy to Demount
Should the time arise when a move becomes absolutely necessary, mezzanine floors are easily deconstructed. They can be moved across to new premises and reconstructed once again.
Mezzanine floors offer additional space in many locations across numerous industries. They are a cost-effective way of increasing both space and productivity.
A Warehousing Distribution Centre located in Gloucestershire needed to double its storage space and chose Advantage to project manage and complete the job. Advantage’s services included the design and installation of:
If your mezzanine floor was installed some time ago, you may have opted for the low cost option of a sliding rail for pallet access, as pictured in the main image above.
Even when used in conjunction with a site specific risk assessment, this system still relies on operators remembering to slide the bars back after use and potentially leaves employees working in this area vulnerable.
Current Health and Safety Work at Height Regulations require the employer to take all reasonable measures to safeguard personnel from falls from height.
We strongly recommend that for all current installations customers use a safety pallet gate which ensures that there is never an exposed edge on the mezzanine floor. We would also advise any existing sites to seriously consider replacing sliding rails with a safer option.
Advantage offer two models of safety pallet gate – the ‘up and over’ model and a bi-swing spring loaded gate. Both are pictured above below the main image.
Standard sizes are ideal for typically 1200 x 1000mm pallets with the up and over gates accommodating loads up to 1500mm high.
For custom requirements – just give Advantage a call at our Worcester offices and we shall be happy to discuss the right solution for you.