In previous posts, we’ve discussed the benefits of flooring and shown how it can be integrated with pallet racking to provide a comprehensive storage solution in warehouses and factories across all sectors. Mezzanines are an affordable way of optimising space; they free up extra square meterage by using what would otherwise be inaccessible vertical potential. In this article, we’re going to hone in on the way these intermediate levels are constructed, looking at the different types of platforms to use with mezzanine floors.
A range of different types of platforms are available to suit various needs and budgets. The most popular materials are steel and wood, with concrete also an option (though one that requires careful consideration as it can render the structure inflexible and more permanent than most mezzanines). Below is a brief overview of the main types of platforms used for mezzanines.
Floor plates: Due to its strength and durability, steel is one of the most popular choices for mezzanine platforms. Diamond or checkered plates (both made of steel) are tough enough to withstand high volumes of traffic (both foot and machine), as well as stock. The plates are generally non-slip, boosting their safety. The gauge of the steel is determined by the anticipated loads.
Wooden panels: Regular wooden planks or panels, as well as engineered wood fibre panels, are often used in mezzanine platforms as they are easy to work with, and generally a very economical choice. However, load capacity is a big consideration here – many warehouses require something stronger for their storage needs.
Bar grating: Another commonly-used material for mezzanines, steel bars provide significant strength while allowing light and air to pass through to the level below the mezzanine. You’ll no doubt have encountered bar grating in mezzanines; many people appreciate the industrial aesthetic it creates.
Concrete: Mezzanine platforms can be composed of pre-cast concrete planks or panels, or even solid concrete floors (poured over wide rib roof decking). While concrete flooring is extremely strong, as well as noise and fire-resistant, it is the most difficult type of material to remove when disassembling the mezzanine. That’s why the long-term plans of the mezzanine and overall work operations need to be given some thought before deciding on concrete.
There are variations on these types of platforms and a few other options besides – the best thing to do is talk to a mezzanine installation expert and run through the possibilities for your situation. You’ll need to know what your mezzanine is going to be used for (and how that might change in time), as this will affect the materials they recommend. You’ll also need to talk about the roof decking you’d like to use.
Once you have decided on the type of platform for your mezzanine, you can add design features like partitions (recommended for mezzanines used as office or rest space), as well as safety features like railings, and staircases and general décor.
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