There are several decking options for steel mezzanines or platforms. Those options include:
Metal Roof Decks • ResinDek® • Floor Plates • Wood Panels • Concrete • Bar Grating
How to Determine the Right Mezzanine Decking for Your Application
Here are key questions to ask relating to what type of decking is best for your work platform application:
- How is the structure being used?
- What is going on top?
- How is the material being moved or stored?
- Is it a wet environment?
- Is there an office being built on top?
- Are there any budget concerns that the end-user is facing?
Steele Solutions uses a minimum 20-gauge steel Type B (wide rib) roof decking. Through experience, our engineers know that, while a load chart may show that lighter gauge (22 gauge for example) might support 125 PSF, our customers have come to expect the solid feel that a minimum of 20 gauge provides. Steele Solutions also limits the joist spacing which is critical to the strong, solid feel that our mezzanines provide. We apply a bright white paint to our roof deck to enhance light reflectivity and reduce the amount of lighting needed to illuminate the work space created under the mezzanine.
Diamond plate or checked plate steel floor plates offer an outstanding combination of durability and safety. As a steel product, these plates can withstand constant travel and use by forklifts or other machinery. The diamond or checkered pattern makes these floor plates slip-resistant so they are safe for foot travel. Steele Solutions offers a 12-gauge floor plate in conjunction with steel roof deck or will provide ¼” floor plate directly over framing for heavy use applications.
The main limitation to steel floor plate can be the cost compared to other mezzanine and platform decking options.
Steele Solutions partners with the leader in mezzanine floor decking – ResinDek® – to further ensure durability and reliable of our decked steel structures. In many applications ResinDek® may be the most economical decking solution. Due to its added durability and quality fit and feel, Steele Solutions recommends ResinDek® over standard T&G plywood.
Bar grating is a commonly used decking for mezzanines, platforms, catwalks and conveyor systems. Welded steel bar grating offers strength and reliability, with the added advantage of allowing light and air to pass through. Two common misconceptions about bar grating are that is the least expensive option for mezzanine decking and that using bar grating eliminates the need for sprinklers below. In most cases, roof deck and wood will be more economical, and in most mezzanine applications sprinklers are required by insurance carriers and building departments. Check your local codes regarding sprinklers.
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