Mezzanine floors are self-supporting structures that are usually situated above an already existing floor, using the existing floor to support the mezzanine level(s). The floors can be single or multi-tier with various load capacities, depending on use. Mezzanines are used to create additional floor space in an existing building, making it an appealing option for businesses looking to expand without extending the footprint of their current building or moving premises.
Mezzanine platforms generally tend to be very similar in terms of their flexibility towards the needs of the user and are custom designed and manufactured. The self-storage industry typically uses as much mezzanine flooring as practical to get as much revenue as possible from a building. Mezzanine floors can be built in stages to allow the phased fit-out of a building, allowing the operator to expand using revenue created from earlier phases, a huge help with cash flow in the early stages of a self-storage business.
Here are the 4 main types of mezzanine platforms:
Retail mezzanines are often used by a retail business to provide a larger sales floor enabling a bigger range of goods to be displayed. Because they tend to be used for exhibiting products to buy rather than for industrial storage, these mezzanines do not need the load capacities of heavy industrial floors with more emphasis on appearance and accessibility by utilising feature staircases or lifts.
These mezzanines are cost-effective whilst still being a practical solution for business with limited space for storage. Building on top of the existing floor, they are designed to be able to support a UDL (uniformly distributed load) of 500kg per m2. Though this can be customised to hold more depending on your needs. This is typical of a floor used for self-storage purposes, although a self-storage floor lies somewhere between retail and storage offerings. As with all mezzanine floors, they can be installed during construction of the building or as an addition at a later date.
Often a more rugged solution with potentially increased load capacities to suit different applications. Conveyors and lifting equipment is often included as a complete storage solution.
The design of an office mezzanine is often more stylish and gives more space than other mezzanines, they are very useful for various interior office environments. With increased floor space used for desks, they can make a great extra workspace. Increase the functionality of your building and help provide a more inspiring environment for your workforce to use. Office floors tend to be of a lower load-carrying capacity and often support partition walls in addition to office furniture.