You have probably heard the term “mezzanine flooring” being tossed around in talk of building trends. It’s a bit of a buzzword these days. Everyone knows someone who recently had a mezzanine put in. You may also have heard how useful one can be – how it can revolutionise your work space, particularly if you have a warehouse. But what exactly is mezzanine flooring? And what can it do for you? In this article, we try to answer these questions.Despite the exotic-sounding name, a mezzanine is simply an in-between floor in a building; it’s an extra level placed between the floor and ceiling. You may have seen a mezzanine floor button in the lift at a hotel – where they are quite often found. You may have also heard it called an entresol, which is a French word. A mezzanine can be compared to a kind of balcony – but indoors.
Mezzanine flooring is very popular in warehouses, where it tends to take the form of a raised platform that is supported by columns or racking. The platform is often made of wood or metal, and is quick and easy to erect. Railing may be added around the edges of the mezzanine as a safety feature, and a staircase is put in for access.
A major benefit of mezzanine flooring in a warehouse is its transformation of dead vertical space into a productive area. You get another floor to use as you see fit – it could become extra office space, a storage zone, a place for packing, or even a staff rest area. Mezzanine flooring is strong and able to hold large weight loads, so it is generally no issue to bring up a desk or couch, let alone stock units.
Mezzanine flooring does not only give you extra floor space – it also creates storage space below. Racking can be installed as part of, or adjacent to, the support structures. Installing a mezzanine floor allows you to make the most of the space you have in your warehouse. It can really save a warehouse manager in a pinch. Got extra loads of stock coming in, but nowhere to store it other than outside the warehouse or in the aisles? Adding a mezzanine floor can save you having to expand into another warehouse or make large-scale, expensive alterations to your existing warehouse. It is a quick solution that can be used as a temporary measure and then taken down, or as part of your long-term storage plan.
A huge benefit of mezzanine flooring is that it generally does not require planning approval from the local building authorities. This is because even though they easily can be, mezzanines are not classified as permanent structures. Another plus is the ease with which mezzanine flooring can be assembled and disassembled.
Countless warehouse managers have found mezzanine flooring to be an economical way to meet their storage needs. A well-designed mezzanine is not only highly functional but can also be aesthetically pleasing – and you might be interested in learning that mezzanine flooring can actually increase the value of a property. Overall, they are a worthwhile investment into the optimisation of your space.