Businesses commonly undergo expansion and need to consider their options when they begin to expand beyond their means. Some businesses consider a location change or costly construction, but neither is very efficient. One recommendation would be to install a mezzanine warehouse system.
Most mezzanine systems contain several platforms that are open and raised with beams and columns to support it. This gives a warehouse added space. Storage is something both warehouses and factories always need, which is why this is an excellent solution for saving space. While you’re taking other solutions into consideration to grow your storage space, you should consider a mezzanine warehouse system before you invest in relocation or renovation.
There are three different types of mezzanine systems that may work for your warehouse space.
Catwalk mezzanines include high-rise shelves or racks while decking is placed in aisles. Shelving must be the same on each level, which makes these types of mezzanines inexpensive to build. This kind of mezzanine can be used for archived and sample products, tools, exhausts and pipes, sheet metal, small automotive parts, or other items.
Additionally, catwalk mezzanines are constructed in double or triple-levels. Sealed and stamped drawings from an experienced engineer are typically required. The engineer must be knowledgeable with residential code compliance, and be registered in their home state.
Mezzanines with Shelving-Support
Mezzanine systems with shelving-support have decking on the second floor that covers an entire level of pallet rack or shelving. The second level contains work areas, offices, shelving, or racks, which allow for unlimited space for item storage on the second level. Some applications include breakrooms, conference rooms, or modular offices.
Structural Multi-Level Mezzanines
Multi-level mezzanines take advantage of extra unused overhead space and maximize a warehouse’s overall floor space. These types of mezzanines can be a low-cost alternative to renovation. They provide warehouses with unlimited space for inventory below and above the deck, production equipment, stick-built or modular offices, racking, or shelving.
Ground floor column spacing is variable, depending on the number of offices in the building, the location of existing building columns, equipment locations, and door locations.
The column load will also vary, depending upon how the columns are laid out and the mezzanine design capacity. Columns on a mezzanine’s parameter can support either a quarter or a half of the load, compared with interior columns.
Selecting the Right Mezzanine for Your Warehouse Space
You can also choose a combination of all three systems. Oftentimes, structural mezzanines include shelving or catwalk support which includes workspace to manage inventory and ship out merchandise. Each mezzanine style is flexible, and can be taken apart and moved from one warehouse facility to another with ease.
The following items into consideration when you’re selecting the right mezzanine to suit your warehouse space:
- Local building codes
- Picking operations
- Product types that will be stored
- Your budget
- Building clear heights
We recommend working with a professional warehouse design company like Stein Service & Supply to help you determine the storage system that will work best for your space. We can help you determine the best storage system for your warehouse space and answer all of your questions.