Constructing a mezzanine system in a warehouse effectively doubles the capacity of the area where the mezzanine is built. Some systems can be built to accommodate light machinery and office space, and others are used for temporary or long-term storage of supplies or equipment. Mezzanines can be built in square, rectangular and irregularly-shaped configurations.
They can be placed in the middle of a warehouse floor, above existing shelving (assuming the shelving can support the extra weight), around a factory’s perimeter and in many other places. They can be structural, which means they can be built into the structure of a building, or they can be free-standing, which means they don’t rely on another structure for support
Mezzanines are different from full floors or stories in that they are usually not walled, their platforms are often grated and they are usually much smaller in terms of area than the floors or stories below them.
Mezzanine systems can be custom-made or prefabricated. In factories and warehouses that have been in operation for many years, machinery and components may be installed throughout the workspace, making it difficult to place prefabricated mezzanines. In these cases, custom-made mezzanine construction companies may need to come on-site and develop a creative solution that will effectively provide new space without disrupting existing operations.
In situations when enough free space can be easily cleared to allow for mezzanine construction, prefabricated mezzanines are often a simple, effective means by which extra space can be added to an area. They can be bolted together over and around existing storage and work areas and integrate other equipment like electrical conduits by running them through web bar joists.
In addition to warehouse and factory settings, mezzanines can also be designed for wineries, archives, automotive dealerships, distribution centers, and food processing plants. Mezzanine systems can also transform vertical warehouse space into office space, complete with lights, outlets, doors, and windows.