As I have gone over before, mezzanines are a great option to utilize the vertical space in your warehouse. Because they are so versatile, when installing a mezzanine you have a lot of parts to consider. One of those is the different types of decking. In this post, I’ll be going over your options when choosing the right floor for your mezzanine.
- Roof Deck, or Corrugated Steel: A steel underlay that is mainly used to reinforce the other flooring methods by lying underneath them.
- Resin Board: A high density floor, good for use with pallet jacks or carts carrying heavy loads. It is a solid deck that can handle high capacities.
- Steel Plate: This is good for applications with heavy point loads, catwalks, or food and beverage industries. It is very durable and fire resistant, but more expensive.
- Steel Grating: This is used a lot of the time for ventilation reasons or fire regulations. The sprinkler system is able to flow through the grating, which can save you money by not having to install another sprinkler system underneath the mezzanine.
- Fiberglass Grating: A floor option that is used for the same reasons as steel grating, but it also is resistant to chemical corrosion. It is commonly found in industries that work with chemicals and acids.
- Open Steel Planking: Works well with heavy industrial use, and also allows light, air, and water to flow through if needed.
- Concrete: This should be used if the mezzanine is permanent. It has a high capacity and is good for industrial environments. It is also more sound proof and fire resistant.
The above options are the most common, and there are others as well. When thinking about which decking to choose, you must carefully consider your application and exactly how you will be using the mezzanine. Some questions you should ask yourself when deciding on the right deck are:
- How am I using the mezzanine?
- What am I storing on the mezzanine?
- How is the inventory being moved and stored?
- Will there be an office on the mezzanine?
- What kind of environment is the mezzanine in?
- Is the mezzanine permanent or could it change in the future?
- What is my budget?
Once you have answered all the questions and have an idea of how your mezzanine will be working, you should be ready to start the design process. Contact us for mezzanine design and installation, and we can take care of the whole process for you.