Mezzanines are one of the most cost effective investments a company can make. A mezzanine can double floor area, provide twice the number of “picking fronts” and offer twice the cube utilization. Another benefit of mezzanines is the cost. A typical mezzanine offers three times the space of a new building for the same amount of money. Because mezzanines aren’t stand alone structures they offer several tax benefits as well as increased depreciation. Mezzanines are great for using space that would otherwise go wasted. They can be placed above existing shelving or racking and add even more storage through the use of drawers, shelving, or cabinets.
Mezzanines require a ceiling height of at least 14″ floor loads in excess of 150 lb. per square foot, a minimum of obstructions in all three dimensions and a building lease that allows modifications and customization. Dual level sprinklers are usually required and changes to lighting, HVAC, and other systems are typically needed. Attaching a mezzanine to a building makes it under the jurisdiction of local building codes.
Adding a mezzanine will change the handling methods used by operators and should be considered when planning and designing a mezzanine. The best way to setup materials with a two level setup is to keep fast moving product families on the lower level and slow moving product families on the top. The biggest mistake made with two level storage is to only split up slow and fast moving products without thinking about keeping similar product families together. Access to mezzanines can be accomplished using ladders and stairways. Materialflow.com has a huge selection of OSHA approved ladders.
If your warehouse or plant is in need of more space consider a mezzanine. It’s much cheaper than buying new land and you can take it with you if your business ever moves. A great place to purchase mezzanines is Materialflow.com. They have a large selection and a great staff that knows the ins and outs of material handling. Give them a call at 1-800-338-1382.