If you’ve never considered mezzanine flooring for your warehouse it’s certainly worth thinking about.
Mezzanines allow you to get so much more out of your existing space, and can be used as either storage, office space, or even somewhere for staff to relax.
For for information on exactly why you should be considering a mezzanine, check out this article from Acorn Warehouse Solutions Ltd.
So what are your options when it comes to mezzanine flooring? Probably more than you think!
Mezzanine floorings are custom made for your warehouse, and can cover a host of needs that you probably didn’t even realise you had.
The configuration options for you will largely depend on what you intend to use your mezzanine for, but here are just a couple of the options:
Conveyor belts can be used when you need to move stock between the mezzanine and the ground floor.
This is ideal for picking and packing, and is a much quicker solution than using a lift.
Conveyors are simple to operate, can be loaded manually or automatically and can even connect onto other conveyors on the mezzanine.
As you can imagine, mezzanine floorings need some form of barrier around the edge to prevent the risk of people falling off.
While this should hopefully just be common sense, it’s also a legal requirement to provide ‘continuous edge protection’.
This article from HSE highlights some of the health and safety requirements when working at height.
While this needs to be a continuous barrier, you can guide gates in if you’ll be needed to load pallets onto the mezzanine.
While a conveyor is a good option for smaller goods, you may want to consider installing a lift in your mezzanine if you are moving bulkier items, or if you’re not requiring a constant flow of goods.
These can be customised to fit the goods they’ll be used for, so you can change the size of load capacity to suit your needs.
Some businesses choose to use their mezzanine as an office space, and if this is the case you’ll need to install partitions as walls.
This also applies if you want to use your mezzanine to create different storage rooms or perhaps a break room.
These walls can be made from glass, plasterboard or other materials, and come in a range of colours, thicknesses and heights.
You can even add doors, windows, lighting, air conditioning, carpets to your rooms, the possibilities are almost endless!
Of course, you’re going to require some way of getting up and down onto the mezzanine, with stairs being the most obvious option.
It’s also important to ensure that access is provided for any disabled workers, whether this be through specially designed staircases or lifts.
The main things you’ll need to think about for the flooring of your mezzanine will be how much weight it can take (you’d be surprised how strong they can be!), resistance to moisture and fire, and non-slip surfaces.
Mezzanine floorings are usually made from particle board, steel or welded grating.
Obviously you want your mezzanine to match up with the rest of your warehouse and company branding, and all of the components, from the floor to the stairs, and the rails to the conveyor belts can be coated in a range of colours to represent your company branding.
Just like any other aspect of your warehouse your mezzanine will need to adhere to fire regulations, and you’ll need to ensure that there are clear fire escapes and routes for employees on the mezzanine.
You should also consider the likes of fire alarms, sprinklers and smoke alarms in case a fire does ever break out.
As you can see there are a lot of things to think about once you’ve decided to install a mezzanine, so make sure to discuss all of your needs with your mezzanine installer.