A mezzanine floor is a practical, cost-effective floor that can benefit your business by keeping it productive and running efficiently.
What is it?
A mezzanine floor is a smaller floor that is located between the main floors of a building. It may only extend partway across on come out of one side of the building. This means the floor doesn't cover the whole area and thus, isn't considered one of the main floors.
Typically, the mezzanine floor and the floor below share a ceiling, because a mezzanine floor doesn't extend to the entire area of the building.
Types of Mezzanine Floors
Generally, a mezzanine floor extends out of a building's internal walls. Industrial mezzanines, however, may not require this aesthetic quality. Many warehouses and other industrial businesses construct a free-standing mezzanine floor that is held up by metal columns which extend from the floor. Stairs or a lift can then be attached for access if needed.
This allows for much more freedom in constructing a mezzanine floor in a warehouse or industrial application. Complex and expensive construction work is not required, as stand-alone mezzanine may be built to any size and assembled right in the building's desired location.
Benefits of a Mezzanine Floor
The primary benefit of a mezzanine floor is that it creates a substantial amount of space without the need for additions or construction on the building itself. Flooring can be assembled into the existing building, which is cost-effective and convenient.
This saves you and your business operations to have to move to a bigger building, or constructing a new floor, which could be cost-prohibitive. Mezzanine flooring is one of the most cost-efficient and productive ways to expand the floor space of your factory or warehouse.
These floors are particularly useful if you have a tall building with lots of vertical space. You can make use of the overall volume without having to construct major changes to the floor below.
How Mezzanine Floors are Used
There are several ways these floors can be used within your business operations. Some of them are
- Office space
- Work space
Limitations on a Mezzanine Floor
If you're considering a mezzanine floor for your building, it's important to consider how much vertical space you have available. The ceiling must be able to handle two floors with ample head room for staff and equipment.
Support columns must also be considered, as to how they interact with the underneath floor. For example, the columns may obstruct equipment or machinery that needs to move throughout the floor.
Mezzanine floors are definitely a cost-effective approach to creating more space and saving your business money by not having to move to another location or constructing an expensive addition.