Derived from the diminutive form of the Italian word mezzano, “mezzanine” has been adapted to describe a level within a building that does not fully cover the area of the level beneath, providing a sort of partial ceiling between the lower level and its own ceiling. The flooring for these so-called mezzanine levels was traditionally polished timber or carpets and they were a common architectural feature in royal and imperial palaces, as well as in the private homes of wealthier citizens. Although the residential variety is now mainly to be seen in historical buildings, these structures have since been allocated to a new locale and some new uses within the commercial and industrial sectors.
Storage space is in short supply and this is reflected in the high prices levied by building owners for their tenants who must then maximise the use of whatever space they have been able to afford. One popular and effective option is to install a mezzanine level with timber, hardboard, or metal flooring. Because its area will be less than that of the floorspace below, it should not seriously obstruct the passage of daylight to the lower level. Available in a variety of forms, the added floorspace it provides can be utilised in one of two ways. The first and more obvious is simply to use it as a surface on which to erect some additional shelving or racking.
Depending on the size and the number of items to be stored and how frequently they are turned over, however, this may not necessarily be the most practical option. For many warehouse owners, the better choice is to attempt to create their additional storage space at ground level. In such cases, the chosen mezzanine flooring can be used instead to support other structures, such as offices, assembly areas, or canteen facilities that would otherwise be robbing owners of the more readily accessible space below.
While these elevated structures can be supplied with their own supporting stanchions, it is often possible to make use of existing racking as the means to support them. A further important advantage of these units is that, because they are regarded as demountable structures, no planning approval should be necessary in order to install them. This, of course, also means that these mezzanine structures and their flooring can be disassembled, relocated or modified, and reassembled with relative ease.
These structures, and essential accessories, such as hand and knee rails and access stairs, are all available in South Africa from Krost Shelving & Racking. We are renowned for our quality products and service excellence.