When the space within a warehouse starts to feel a little too tight, business owners can expand in a few different ways. Moving to a new location can be a costly hassle. Even if you can afford to rent a space, you have to worry about either relocating or keeping track of multiple warehouses and their products. Mezzanines, on the other hand, create a dependable and affordable solution for a company’s quickly diminishing space. When warehouse operators know the right capacity questions to ask before building a mezzanine, they can safely and reliably expand their storage space, creating more room for the company to reach new heights.
Do You Have Enough Foundational Support?
If a mezzanine is going to be structurally sound, it needs to have solid foundational support. Builders determine a warehouse’s ability to hold a mezzanine by inspecting the floor slab. Warehouses usually use concrete or other durable materials for their flooring, and slabs are typically six to eight inches thick. However, factors such as sandy soil or a high-water table can still create instability beneath your warehouse. In these cases, you’ll likely need to install concrete footings that can withstand the weight of the mezzanine’s support columns. That’s why this is one of the essential capacity questions to ask before building a mezzanine. If you don’t determine your floor slab capacity ahead of time, it could lead to an unsteady and unsafe mezzanine for your products, equipment, and employees.
How Will You Place Support Columns?
The column layout of your mezzanine must meet two goals: accommodating the mezzanine weight capacity and providing more space in your warehouse. As such, you don’t want your columns to take up too much room and create design problems on the lower level of your building. Work with professional warehouse design services and consultants to determine the best column layout for your mezzanine. Keep in mind that fewer columns create more space below the mezzanine, but they also lead to a higher required weight capacity for each column. This means you’ll be more likely to need concrete footings if you use fewer columns. More support columns closer together will even out the weight of the mezzanine and create a higher overall capacity.