Heighton Mezzanines

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Are you running out of space in your warehouse and need a way to maximise valuable floor capacity? One of the toughest aspects of running or owning a warehouse is finding an efficient way to utilise the limited space. A warehouse mezzanine, also known as a raised storage platform, provides one or more elevated floor levels that are installed between the floor and the ceiling, allowing you to tap into unused vertical space. This gives the business access to increased storage space and/or workspace. After installation of a warehouse mezzanine, the space beneath is fully accessible and can be used for a number of purposes.

Mezzanines are the most economic way to expand and eliminate the need for moving business premises. They are manufactured quickly to add floor space without implementing an expensive building expansion, or undergoing any operational disruptions. Mezzanine structures are highly customizable, and shouldn’t be a ‘one size fits all’ solution. There is a vast array of options with each aspect of the warehouse mezzanine able to be customised to your storage requirements and budget.

Type of Mezzanine

Firstly you will need to determine which type of mezzanine is best suited to your business. Your warehouse mezzanine can be designed solely for additional space, as a mezzanine office, or a combination of both.  There are several mezzanine warehouse storage systems that provide solutions to different spatial issues.  All mezzanine flooring options provide access to additional storage or work area, without interrupting the workflow of employees.  The four main options of mezzanines solutions are

  • Mezzanine platforms
  • Mezzanine with office on top only
  • Mezzanine with office on top and underneath
  • Mezzanine with office underneath only

Freestanding or Built-in

Warehouse mezzanine systems are generally freestanding or can be structurally built.  Mezzanine systems that are freestanding can be dismantled and moved within the current premise or to a new location with relative ease. Often freestanding mezzanines do not need a permit and are considered a fixture in the building, aiming to take up minimal space.

Alternatively structural mezzanines are manufactured into the building as part of the existing design and are considered part of the structure. Built-in storage structures are permanent mezzanines that stay within the premise. Primarily, three different design options exist:

  • Free standing modular design
  • Modular design to match up with existing mezzanines heights
  • Modular design to attach to existing building

Integration With Other Storage Solutions

In some cases, warehouse managers decide to install additional storage solutions with their new mezzanine. This is advantageous because they are built upon storage you already have (the new mezzanine), and provide an affordable option for further expansion.  There are numerous additional storage options that include:

  • Rack supported mezzanine
  • Long span shelving underneath mezzanine
  • Long span shelving on top of Mezzanine
  • Compactors units on top of mezzanine
  • Rolled edge shelving on top and underneath

Size and Levels

Depending on the size of your warehouse facility, mezzanine floor systems can be just one level, or can consist of multiple mezzanine levels. Additional levels allow your business to leverage potential storage space in your existing facility, without having to pay for expensive relocation or reconstruction costs. Mezzanines with multiple levels can provide you with double the size of the original area.  The new space can be used for storage, workspace, locker rooms, records rooms and offices. Two important factors to remember when customizing your size and levels are:

  • That a mezzanine can be custom built to any size
  • Mezzanines can consist of more than a single tier

Types of Built in Storage

If your business is in an industry that requires specialised equipment or facilities, functional additions can be added to fulfil your needs. These provide an enclosed environment that is free from dust and other contaminants, and can be controlled to meet your needs. Generally, the two options include:

  • Clean rooms
  • Temperature controlled rooms

Pallet Gates

Pallet gates provide protection for employees working at levels above ground and are designed for the safe loading and unloading of stock from a mezzanine floor. Pallet gates reduce the OH&S risks previously associated with this type of operation. They are available in the three different options:

  • Swing over gate
  • Automated slide gates
  • Manual slide gates

Stairs

Mezzanine stairs can fulfil two different functions. They can simply either be a means of access to a mezzanine or a major architectural feature. Stairs are designed to fully conform to regulations and can be designed to meet your business needs. Plates with checkered patterns engraved on the surface provide slip resistance. Two aspects to consider for your mezzanine staircase is:

  • Steel with folded checker plate treads
  • Staircase with platform

Colour

Often the colours of a company are their most recognisable branding devices, therefore being able to add that to your workspace is important. Mezzanine colours are:

  • Customised but mostly galvanised

Mezzanine Goods Hoist

A mezzanine goods hoist is the perfect solution to move stock between mezzanine floor levels. They are commonly used to move goods to a mezzanine or first floor level. The following are the three different options:

  • Goods Hoist
  • Personnel Hoist
  • Goods and Personnel Hoist

Flooring

The mezzanine flooring will vary based upon the specific needs and application of the overall mezzanine system. The material ranges depending upon the intended use. Flooring material options include:

  • F11 Structural Ply
  • Non-slip
  • Expanded mesh
  • FRP

Ultimately a mezzanine is the best way to increase your inventory efficiency and add to your bottom line. Due to their high level of customisation, mezzanines are the ideal solution for any business that is finding themselves short of space in their current location.

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