Rented or purchased, warehouse space is a costly commodity and there is no telling when that which you have proves to be insufficient. If it should become necessary to relocate an entire facility as a result of a space shortage, this can not only end up being an even more expensive exercise, but it is also a very disruptive one that can add operational losses to the other costs incurred. The solution is often to look upwards and, rather than relocating, to consider installing some form of raised storage platform instead.
Typically, when this takes the form of a mezzanine floor, it can have the potential to almost double the total area of floorspace available, providing a facility with several possible ways in which to overcome any space limitations it may be experiencing. Perhaps the most obvious of these is that it can allow a warehouse owner to extend the facility vertically in order to exploit the normally unused upper portion of the building to accommodate additional shelving or racking.
For a business that is already employing pallet racking, the installation process could not be simpler, as the existing pallet racking can be used to provide the supporting structure necessary to stabilise the raised storage platform above, and it may either be left open or suitably backed if it should be required to serve as shelving. While this is a move that will obviously involve some capital expenditure, all the warehouse’s fixed costs remain unchanged while the additional space provided will normally offer the means to recoup the capital costs involved within a few years.
Sometimes, however, an apparent shortage of floorspace may be due to the manner in which it is being utilised. Often, the all-important accommodation for stock items provided by racking and shelving must compete for space with other warehouse facilities such as fabrication and packing areas, offices, and staff canteens. In such cases, rather than utilising a rack-supported mezzanine floor as a raised storage platform, it might be more efficient to opt for a structural mezzanine floor that may then be used to accommodate some or all these auxiliary structures and work areas, and so freeing up some extra space at ground level.
A structural mezzanine floor does not require as much support and the few beams needed occupy very little space below. This offers a far more practical option where it may be necessary to rely on the use of forklifts for easy handling of predominately palletised goods.
Krost Shelving and Racking offers bespoke solutions to meet all warehousing needs, including these raised storage platforms.