Why Mezzanine Floors Are a Fixed Capital Investment That Makes Sense

Industrial storage is a central logistical necessity for a variety of industries, and like any point within a functional supply chain, its correct management and utilisation could be the difference between woeful wastages and impressive efficiency. Given South Africa’s current lacklustre economy and the troubling GDP contraction forecasts, even relatively secure businesses are going to have to find areas in which money can be saved and resources stretched to their limits.

Storage facilities are good places to start a resource-maximisation plan. The questions are straightforward: are you making the most of your current industrial storage facilities and systems? Are they meeting the needs of your business in as cost-effective a manner as possible?

If not, there are great options available for improvement.

For example, mezzanine floors are an excellent means by which more value can be extracted from an already existing industrial storage facility. The myriad advantages that come from a mezzanine floor make it an investment that could pay for itself within an incredibly short period of time.

In some instances, the total cost of the structure is repaid within two years: that is, the monetary value of the extra space gained, measured as the per square metre rental rate and totalled monthly, equals the financial outlay in just 24 months. As far as investment into fixed capital goes, that’s a solid return in anyone’s books.

The utilisation of the extra floor space (which can almost double your available square meterage in certain circumstances) depends on your unique needs. Krost Shelving and Racking offers our clients two types of mezzanine: Structural Mezzanine Floors and Rack-Supported Mezzanine Floors.

Structural mezzanine floors are designed to make the most of unutilised volume within an industrial storage facility by inserting floor space that can be used for a variety of purposes. The structural support of the mezzanine floor contains as few columns as possible, thereby ensuring the maximum flexibility of, and openness in, the space below the mezzanine. Whereas space below or above the mezzanine can be used for storage, it can also be used for offices, canteens, packing areas, manufacturing areas, delivery/dispatch counters, etc.

By contrast, rack-supported mezzanine floors are structurally supported by storage racks underneath the upper floor. These racks are used exclusively for storage. The function of the mezzanine floor, however, is variable and depends on what you would find most beneficial/useful. This is to say that it, too, can be used for more storage, offices, canteens, packing areas, manufacturing areas, delivery/dispatch counters, etc.

Both versions, however, come with the advantage of exploiting fixed costs to gain increased value. Which is something managers should be looking for from their industrial storage even in exceptional economic climates.

With five and a half decades in the industrial storage and warehousing space already under our belt, Krost Shelving and Racking is well placed to guide you to mezzanine flooring success. Get in touch and start a no-obligations conversation today.