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Top 10 considerations for your mezzanine floor

Posted by Marianne
November 14, 2014 in Features

Mezzanine floors have been helping businesses gain more space for many years. When installing a mezzanine into your space though, whether above the racking or in an otherwise underused environment, it is essential to take these 10 points into consideration.

1 – What is your mezzanine floor for?

Due to the stress loads being put on the floor, it is essential to understand what the exact use will be and stick to this goal. Potentially affecting the structure of the construction, this is probably the most important consideration.

2 – Health and Safety

Naturally, the health and safety of the flooring is led in many respects by defining and maintaining its use. However, thought is also needed in regards to barriers, safety gates, fore precautions. and ensuring workers are protected when operating at height.

3 – Location, location, location

Understanding exactly where in the warehouse the mezzanine is going to go can be the difference between the installation’s success or failure. They are not able to go anywhere, despite the flexibility of their construction offering many opportunities. The height of the space is not the only consideration here; it also needs to work on an operational level and not cause disruption.

4 – Cost effectiveness

The aspect of mezzanine floors is the fact that they offer firms an easy, quick and affordable way to create greater space in their premises. However, it is important to weigh up the cost of the new flooring against the cost of a wholesale move to new premises. In most cases, it will make more sense to go with the raised platform, but ensuring the sums are right just makes sense.

5 – Load bearing

Underpinning the first point is understanding the load-bearing capability of the mezzanine. Staff use and palletisation storage, for example, will take far greater construction than an empty box storage facility, in all likelihood.

6 – Access points

Depending on what the raised platform is going to be used for, various access points may be needed. Staircases, lifts, gates, barriers and conveyors are all options. Storage areas may also need access for fork lift trucks too.

7 – Materials

The flooring used on the mezzanine will again depend on the use of the space. For example, it will not be as robust as the main  warehouse flooring  warehouse flooring, but if used for pallets, it will need to be durable and able to withstand the strain of constant movement.

8 – Services

One afterthought for many firms having a raised mezzanine area is the services running into the space. From electrics to plumbing, taking care of these at the beginning can save a lot of hassle, time and money.

9 – Regulations

From ensuring health and safety directives are met to making sure that local authorities are satisfied with the construction, checking and adhering to all regulations and restrictions is important.

10 – Project management

As with any major project, managing the cost, timeline and delivery can be the difference between complete success, a good result, or abject failure. Setting clear benchmarks ensures the extra space is delivered in the right way.

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