Why do I need a mezzanine floor
Many businesses are rapidly expanding, sometimes more rapidly than expected and space quickly becomes an issue, whether storage space or office space or, what’s worse, both. Looking for alternative headquarters may be the first thing that comes to mind, but property is not easy to come by, not to mention it’s not cheap either. Add to the mix the fact that your trading place might actually be placed strategically and you can easily see that a move altogether wouldn’t make much sense. However, space remains an issue and a more time efficient alternative, a considerably cheaper one as well, can be represented by a mezzanine floor.
Simply put, mezzanine flooring refers to raising a platform between the floor and ceiling of your place. If the space issue mentioned above did not answer your question, you basically need a mezzanine floor if your business has expanded beyond the capacity of your current space. However, the answer is a bit more complex than that, due to the fact that mezzanine floors can actually be used towards many purposes, not just for storage. Whether the pressure falls on warehouse storage capacity or on office space, rather than going through the hassle and expenditure of relocating, consider the alternative of mezzanines.
Mezzanine Floors Are Versatile
As mentioned above, a mezzanine floor is not just for storage and, even if that’s what you need it for, there are so many environments and applications that can benefit from it. Within a picking and packing operation, if stock and staff can be accommodated in the same space, under the same roof, this can lead to great improvements in logistical efficiency.
Indeed, warehousing and distribution are two industries that most gain from the benefits of mezzanines, because distribution centres and warehouse very often face high demands and rely heavily on proper processing. To that extent, maintaining a highly organised warehouse or distribution centre is crucial, so lack of storage can be a hazardous occurrence, especially when incoming and outgoing deliveries register significant increase.
In this type of situations, using the vertical space to store stock makes not only the most obvious choice, but also the best one, helping streamline operations. A mezzanine floor will not only increase your storage space, but it will also help keep everything you need for both inbound and outbound activities in the same place, not to mention additional staff, which will definitely reduce time frames and improve client satisfaction.
Material Handling & Automation also represent the type of large premises where every inch of available space can and should be put to good use. A mezzanine floor may be merely a platform built between floor level and ceiling, but it can certainly accommodate conveyor systems and heavy machinery, which makes it such an ideal choice for material handling environments and automation applications.
Obviously, conveyor belts and machinery are considerably heavy, which means they place sizeable strain on materials, making it utterly important for you to choose mezzanines manufactured from quality structural steel and premium materials that can hold heavy loads. In fact, this is the reason why we, at Rapid Racking, offer mezzanine floors as a design service, so that our team of experienced and expert designers can create a layout and manufacture a solution that is bespoke to your needs.
Additional office space is yet another function underlining the versatility of a mezzanine floor. Warehouses, depots and distribution centres hardly have any suitable space to conduct formal business, to arrange meetings or provide warehouse staff with a desk work area. Mezzanines represent the clearly cheaper alternative to solid build premises, not to mention that the proximity to the work space actually increases efficiency.
A mezzanine floor intended as office space can not only be designed as to perfectly suit your current space, but it can also be fitted with all sorts of furnishings to make it a functional, and maybe even attractive, environment. To that effect, it can also be used as recreational space for employees break times or as conference rooms for client meetings.
Retail outlets are relying heavily on image and display, which means shops need to be well stocked as to impress visually. Mezzanine flooring is a very popular concept in retail, as more and more shops have discovered the advantages of upper levels which help maximise the use of vertical space.
Within retail outlets, mezzanine floors can be used for more than simply storing extra stock, although this is one function that shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. However, an upper level can also serve as additional display room, a dedicated area to customer service or even an in-shop café.
Mezzanine Floors Are Cost-Effective
Truth be told, a mezzanine floor will never be as cheap as shelving bays or anything of the sort, but if you consider how much relocating your entire business might cost, then the price of mezzanine flooring looks pretty appealing. Property prices are quite high, as they’ve always been, especially within the industrial and commercial sector, not to mention the fact that finding a property to suit your needs might be a difficult task.
Mezzanines are a cheaper alternative not only to relocation, but to new built units as well. You could consider building a new office space next to your warehouse for instance, but the total costs of that project will much surpass the cost of a mezzanine.
As far as costs are concerned, there are other aspects to take into account as well. Moving to a new place, however close it may be, will automatically lead to a suspension in operations. Interrupting your business entails a series of costs that you’ll not have to face if you go for mezzanines instead.
Mezzanine Floors Are Time-Effective
Well, we all know that time is relative, and while mezzanines may take some time to design and install, especially for larger projects, the whole thing will be done and over with a whole lot quicker than any relocation process would take. So, if you compared mezzanines to relocations than the first is much more rapid.
Of course, one thing that can impact the lead times of your project is Building Regulations. Smaller projects may note require planning permission, but if your mezzanine is over 200 square metres or if it’s intended as office space, then your undertaking needs to comply with The Building Act 1984 and The Building Regulations 2010. The same is valid for the situation in which the fitting of your new mezzanine also implies external alterations to the current building. The bottom line is that there are several considerations to take into account in terms of Building Regulations, such as structural safety, fire safety or resistance to contaminants and moisture and many, many more.
All these measures and the proceedings for applying and obtaining permission to build a mezzanine floor can be daunting and can be time-consuming, but you can speed things up by employing a full-service design team like Rapid Racking, meaning that the entire project is handled from conception to installation by the designers and engineers, which will definitely save you time and hassle.
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